Galium Verum, or lady’s bedstraw, is a perennial in the rubiaceae family. It grows to about 60cm and is found in wastelands, roadsides and near the sea.
While lady’s bedstraw has a long history as an herbal remedy, it is little used today. However, it has traditionally been used to soothe skin redness and irritation from urinary disorders, and even reduce symptoms of epilepsy. A yellow dye can be obtained through boiling the flowering tops with alum. Additionally a yellow dye retrieved from the stems can be used as a food coloring.