Lady's Bedstraw

Latin Name:

Galium verum

Manx Name:

lus y volley


June - September

Locations where this species is found:
Port St Mary

This plant grows in grassy places all over the island. Its name comes from the fact that it was once used to stuff mattresses, as its scent drives away fleas. It was also used as a 'strewing herb' that was scattered over floors in the days before carpets were common.

The flowers of this plant can be made into a drink or a yellow dye and the seeds can be roasted to make a coffee substitute. Lady's Bedstraw has also been used as a rennet for cheese making.

Its Manx name is "lus y volley", which means "plant of honey".
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