Northern Bedstraw (Galium boreale)

As I washed dishes after breakfast, I had a good view of dozens of Northern Bedstraw. It is like a pond of white flowers.

Northern Bedstraw is a common edible green in North America and is a good addition to salads. I had several around my house when I moved in almost two years ago. Although perennial they don’t live long, but they do reseed themselves.

I collected seed the first year and spread them in nice locations. I had a better crop last year and an explosion of even mounds of white blooms this year. Bedstraw makes a good understory for tall lanky purple asters.

Bedstraw prefers some shade, perfect for my pinyon-juniper food forest. I eat the greens and so do my chickens.

Bedstraw is a northern relative of coffee. It’s fruit can be dried, roasted, and ground for a coffee substitute or extender. I haven’t tried this yet, but I certainly have enough for a taste test this winter.

The roots make a red dye, which I might experiment with when I produce something to dye.

It is called bedstraw because it was used to stuff mattresses and pillows and smelled sweet. It is a thought… changing the inside of your mattress in the fall and spring. We sleep ten years on what?

I can attest that these are deer resistant flowers. They do attract butterflies, though. Birds come by in the fall for the seeds, risking safety for the sake of eating them.

I have waves of flowers all season now so plan to bring in honey bees next year.

I consider this a circular economy mainstay for its beauty, edibility, utility and ease. I’ll report later on drinkability. I especially appreciate its indepence from the water hose.


About rebeccatreeseed

I am a naturalist raised by naturalists. Treeseed is my earned name, while Rebecca is my birth name. I am of Northern European descent, with a quarter Irish.quarter thrown in. I suspect I was a product of northern invaders into Ireland into Ireland. but hard to say since DNA disproved the family story about Apache blood! I have found some odd ancestors to replace them. Last year I bought 5 acres of pinyon-juniper forest on the side of a mountain in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. I am fulfilling a lifetime dream of a cabin in the mountains and a food forest that will feed me and local wildlife. I want to share this new phase of my life with others that might be interested.
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