Sep. 13, 2020

bluntleaf bedstraw, Galium obtusum

Bluntleaf is one of many bedstraws or madders. I'm guessing they don't get much attention these days. When was the last time you went looking for a bedstraw? Or even noticed one as you passed it? Those tiny flowers weren't built to capture human eyes. But there was a time, before our current level of plant blindness, when bedstraws drew a lot of attention. The stems were bedding, tinder, or used for scrubbing. The medicinal uses read like a compendium of human maladies. So here we have one, filling in an available niche, and doing what plants do for us when we aren't paying attention. Bluntleaf bedstraw grows in woods and moist open areas in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME(X), MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH(E), NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, NB, NS, ON, and QC. Lenawee Co MI, 6/15/11. Madder family, Rubiaceae.