Spring Cleaning with Cleavers

Cleavers (Galium aparine).  The name (Galium) is derived from gala which is Greek for ‘milk’ (cleavers was used to curdle milk for cheese) and the species name ‘aparine‘ comes from the Greek word apara meaning ‘to seize’.   Also known as Bedstraw because it was used to stuff mattresses. Cleavers is a persistent, sticky plant that grows profusely and … Continue reading Spring Cleaning with Cleavers

Cleavers – A Common Little Known Herb.

Galium aparine Also, Known As: Catchweed Cleavers Goose Grass Cleavers, botanical name Galium aparine, is an herb-like annual plant that is found growing in damp or verdant locales as well as besides the banks or rivers and along the fences in eastern United States, Canada as well as the Pacific coast. Belonging to the plant … Continue reading Cleavers – A Common Little Known Herb.