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Lady’s bedstraw

Galium verum

In Christian legend, one of the “cradle herbs” in Christ’s manger in Bethlehem, and known in medieval times as “our Lady’s bedstraw ”.

Around the time of Henry VIII’s reign was also known as “maids’ hair”, as: “maydens did wear silken callis to keep in order their hayre made yellow with dye” – the stem and leaves of bedstraw produce a bright yellow dye (however in the Hebrides the roots were traditionally used to produce a bright red dye, similar to madder, with which to dye wool; the precursor of Harris Tweed).

Lady's Bedstraw - Galium verum

Discover the 22 Botanicals

apple mint

01

Apple mint

chamomile

02

Chamomile

Creeping thistle flower used in the botanist gin

03

Creeping thistle

Downy Birch

04

Downy Birch

Elder flower

05

Elder

Gorse

06

Gorse (Whin)

Hawthorn

07

Hawthorn

Heather

08

Heather

Juniper

09

Juniper

lady's bedstraw

10

Lady’s bedstraw

Lemon Balm

11

Lemon Balm

meadowsweet

12

Meadowsweet

Mugwort

13

Mugwort

Red clover

14

Red clover

Spear mint

15

Spear mint

Sweet cicely

16

Sweet cicely

Bog Myrtle (Sweet Gale)

17

Bog myrtle – Sweet gale

Tansy

18

Tansy

water mint

19

Water mint

White Clover

20

White clover

Wild thyme

21

Wild Thyme

wood sage

22

Wood sage

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