Cleavers

Latin Name:

Galium aparine

Manx Name:

Garvane-guiy

Season:

May - September

Locations where this species is found:
Port St Mary, Port Soderick, Scarlett Point, Langness, Glen Maye, Ballaugh Curraghs, Silverburn River, Maughold, Glen Auldyn, Glen Mooar, Groudle Glen, Clypse and Kerrowdhoo, Chibbanagh, Glen Helen, Silverdale Glen, Bradda Head, Niarbyl, Colby Glen, Fleshwick, Ballannette

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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