Hello everyone! Today’s wildflower is the “northern bedstraw”. These are very tiny flowers about 1/8 to 1/4 inch (3 to 6mm) across, but they form a large cluster of flowers at the top of a square stem. There are several different types of bedstraw, we have at least 2 in this area, but this one is the most common and produces the largest cluster of flowers. They bloom from June to August in open woods, woodland edges and fields in partial shade to sunny locations. It is a native wildflower and grows up to 3 feet (90cm) tall. It has long leaves in whorls of 4 along it’s stem and that is an easy way to identify this species. Bees and butterflies enjoy these wildflowers. They can be found across Canada and most of the US except from Nebraska to Louisiana, across to N. Carolina. In some parts of the northeast US it is considered a noxious weed. I hope you all have a beautiful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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