Definition of bedstraw in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbɛdstrɔː


  • A herbaceous plant with small white or yellow flowers and whorls of slender leaves, formerly used for stuffing mattresses.
    • Genus Galium, family Rubiaceae: several species
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    • Wildflowers: fire pink, several kinds of blue violets, pink and yellow lady's slippers, goldenrod, blue-stem goldenrod, blue asters, and bedstraws.
    • Magnificent displays of bluebells are out just now and the ground vegetation also has an abundance of foxgloves, heath bedstraw and wood sorrel.
    • If you flick through the pages of wild flower books you'll see a host of different types of bedstraws, many of which only those armed with a hand lens and a keen eye will be able to differentiate.

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