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Climbing Bedstraw
Galium nuttallii
About Climbing Bedstraw (Galium nuttallii) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Galium nuttallii is a species of flowering plant in the coffee family known by the common names San Diego bedstraw and climbing bedstraw. It is native to the coast and coastal mountain ranges of southern California and Baja California, where it is a member of chaparral and pine woodland plant communities. This is a climbing perennial herb producing a woody base and sprawling with thin, tanging green to red branches up to 1.5 meters long. The stems have whorls of four tiny sharp-pointed leaves at intervals, each leaf under a centimeter long. The plant is dioecious, with male and female individuals bearing different flower types. Both flowers are reddish in color and the female flower ovary turns into a berry.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

5 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 1 confirmed , 6 likely * ) SHOW ALL
Zenophleps lignicolorata Image
Zenophleps lignicolorataZenophleps lignicolorata
Epirrhoe plebeculata Image
Epirrhoe plebeculataEpirrhoe plebeculata
Orthonama obstipata Image
The Gem Orthonama obstipataOrthonama obstipata
Eupithecia subfuscata Image
Gray Pug Eupithecia subfuscataEupithecia subfuscata

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, part shade

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Groves of and Catalina Ironwood trees

Annual Precipitation: 5.8" - 66.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 3.05", Coldest Month: 41.3" - 57.3", Hottest Month: 60.7" - 81.0", Humidity: 0.69" - 32.43", Elevation: 13" - 6013"

Alternative Names
Common Names: San Diego 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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