Connecticut Plants
Clayton's Bedstraw (Southern Three-lobed Bedstraw)
Galium tinctorium (L.) Scop.

Most bedstraws have flowers with four petals, but Clayton's bedstraw has mostly three-petalled flowers. A closely related species, small bedstraw (Galium trifidum) also has three-petalled flowers.

  • Family: bedstraw (Rubiaceae)
  • Habitat: swamps, wet soil
  • Height: 4-10 inches
  • Flower size: 1/16 inch across
  • Flower color: white
  • Flowering time: June to August
  • Origin: native
Galium tinctorium L.