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Pest Information

Marsh Bedstraw

Marsh Bedstraw

  • Latin Name: Galium Tinctorium
  • Common Name: Marsh Bedstraw
  • Other Names: Stiff marsh bedstraw, dyer’s woodruff

Pest Details

Marsh Bedstraw

Origin:

Native to North America, and found throughout the eastern half of the U.S. and Canada, and west to Texas and possibly Arizona.

Biology:

A perennial weed reproducing from seeds. The plant is almost vine-like in its growth, with its thin stems rapidly growing over the top of other foliage. Usually found in moist habitats in ditches, marshes, or along roadsides.

Identification:

Stems are extremely long and thin, with sparse foliage and many branches. Along the stems there are angles, with downward-pointing, rough hairs at these locations. The leaves are whorled, with 4 to 6 long, thin leaves at each node. The tiny white flowers occur in small clusters at the tips of the stems.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

Preventive control in turf or landscape with pre-emergent herbicides, and post-emergent control in turf with a selective broadleaf herbicide.

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