Saturday, July 27, 2013

Northern Bedstraw among my junipers

I noticed some Northern Bedstraw (Galium boreale) poking up through my common juniper bushes this summer. The bedstraw has confined itself in years past to the highbush cranberries, but it looks just as lovely against the junipers.

The plant is edible, and I have read that it is a member of the coffee family and the tiny fruits can be roasted and used as a caffeine-free coffee substitute.

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