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Galium aparine

Galium aparine

Common name cleavers; catchweed bedstraw
Family rubiaceae
Life cycle annual
Light sun-shade

We only have this in significant numbers on the back yard island hill, where I once let it grow, not knowing what it was until it was too late to prevent reseeding. It's kind of pretty, with lax stems and fingery leaves that are quick to grip onto neighboring plants. Not hard to pull up either, but it is quite prolific, so it's hard to get rid of it altogether in wilder areas.

This is a weed in our garden

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