Latin Name: Galium aparine syn. Aparine hispida, Aparine vulgaris, Asterophyllum aparine, Galium charoides.
Plant Family: Rubiaceae
Other Names: Clivers, Goosegrass, Coachweed, Catchweed, Bedstraw, Barweed, Clabber Grass, Cleaverwort, Gravel Grass, Grip Grass, Goosegrass, Goosebill, Goose Hair, Gosling Weed, Hedge Burrs, Milk Sweet, Poor Robin, Robin Run The Hedge, Stick-a-Back, Sweethearts, Savoyan & Scratchweed.
Description: Cleavers creep along the ground and over the tops of other plants, attaching themselves with the small hooked hairs which grow out of the stems and leaves. The stems are square and ridges and can reach up to 1 metre in length. The leaves are narrowly lance-shaped and are borne in whorls of 6 to 8. The flowers consist of 4 tiny pointed white petals and are clustered in groups of two or three growing out of the leaf axils.
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SUGGESTED USECleaver seeds are dried and roasted and used as a coffee substitute, historically European folk used the dried foliage to stuff mattresses, the tiny hooks on cleavers foliage helped to bind the mattress filling together. A decoction made from cleavers roots can be used to make a vivid red dye.
Shelf LifeShelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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