Galium verum, Lady's bedstraw, Yellow bedstraw

Galium verum, Lady's bedstraw, Yellow bedstraw, a member of the medder family (Rubiaceae) is herbaceous perennial native to Europe and Asia. Used in Scandanavia as a sedative, and associated with the goddess of married women, Frigg, hence it is also called Frigg's grass. Used in folk medicine as a wash over entire body to make childbirth easier. Also a diuretic and pectoral. Used as a dye plant, yielding a red dye. In Denmark used to make an alcoholic drink known as bjaesk. Images 1-6 are in the extraordinary setting of Mala Lukavica in the Morace Mountains in the center of Montenegro.



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