Cleavers

Latin Name:

Galium aparine

Manx Name:

Garvane-guiy

Season:

May - September

Locations where this species is found:
Port Erin, Silverdale Glen, Chibbanagh, Port Soderick, Silverburn River, Niarbyl, Glen Maye, Scarlett, Fleshwick, Ballannette, Glen Mooar, Glen Helen, Glen Auldyn, Groudle Glen, Langness, Port St Mary, Ballaugh Curraghs, Colby Glen

Known by many names, including cleavers, goosegrass and sticky willy, this plant is very common and can be found all over the island. Its flowers are tiny and easily missed, but many pet owners will be familiar with its round seeds that stick easily in fur!

This plant is edible and is also used as a poultice in herbal medicine, though it can cause an allergic reaction in some people.

The Manx name for this plant is "Garvane-guiy", which means "goose grass".
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