- Family: bedstraw (Rubiaceae)
- Habitat: dry woods
- Height: 8-24 inches
- Flower size: 1/8 inch across
- Flower color: greenish, turning dark purple with age
- Flowering time: June to July
- Origin: native
Foliage of lance-leaved wild licorice. The pale balls are the fruits, which are covered with bristly hairs.
This is a closely related plant, wild licorice (Galium circaezans). It looks very similar to lance-leaved wild licorice, but its leaves and petals have less sharply pointed tips.