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Organic Answers Column - March 27, 2024 - Cleavers

Cleavers - Galium aparine


This week's Organic Answers column is a short video look at a common weed in North Texas (and nationwide) gardens: Galium aparine is commonly called Cleavers, Bedstraw, Stickyweed, and more.


This plant acts like Velcro when it comes into contact with fabric and other materials. Cleavers have angled teeth that grow along their square stems as a means of survival. The stems of the Cleaver plant are too weak to support the plant, therefore Cleavers grow taller by growing up and latching onto the foliage and stems of other plants for support. Cleavers are in the Madder family of plants, Rubiaceae, also called the coffee family. This is notable because the seeds of Cleavers can be roasted and makes an excellent caffeine free coffee substitute.






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