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Galium angustifolium
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Narrow Leaved Bedstraw
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Galium angustifolium

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About Narrow Leaved Bedstraw (Galium angustifolium) Galium angustifolium is a species of flowering plant in the coffee family known by the common name narrowleaf bedstraw. It is native to California and Baja California, where it is most commonly found in low elevation mountains. This is a stocky perennial herb or small shrub growing from a woody base and producing sprawling stems from a few centimeters to nearly a meter in length. Leaves grow in whorls of four about the stem at intervals, and the stem may branch at these points. The flower cluster is a panicle containing several flowers. The plant is dioecious, with male and female flowers similar in appearance with greenish-yellow flower parts. The fruit is a nutlet covered in long bristly white or yellowish hairs.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Flower Color

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Native Status

Natural Setting

Elevation ?
-62' - 8668'

Annual Precip. ?
3.6" - 52.5"

Summer Precip. ?
0.13" - 2.99"

Coldest Month ?
30.5° F - 59.2° F

Hottest Month ?
55.2° F - 87.6° F

Humidity ?
0.91 vpd - 39.13 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers rocky, well drained soil


Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Common Names
Narrowleaf Bedstraw

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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