Etymology: Galium: from Greek word gala, "milk," and alluding to the fact that certain species were used to curdle milk
Plants: scrambling perennial, 3"-32" tall forb; stems nodes smooth
Leaves: main leaves in whorls of mostly 6, usually elliptical, vanilla odor
Flowers: greenish to white, 3-parted, to 1/8" wide; simple to often-branched, 3-flowered clusters both terminal and from the leaf axils; blooms June-Aug.
Habitat: moist to dry; woods, forests
Conservation Status: Native