Etymology: Galium: from Greek word gala, "milk," and alluding to the fact that certain species were used to curdle milk
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-2' tall forb; stems clustered, 4 rounded angles, usually finely fuzzy
Leaves: whorls of 8-12, linear, sharply pointed
Flowers: yellow, 4-parted; inflorescence a showy, large, branched cluster (cyme-like panicle); blooms June-Sept.
Habitat: dry; disturbed
Conservation Status: Introduced - escaped
WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin invasive species including decription, habitats, control methods USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"