Cleavers Galium aparine

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Habitat Woodland

A ‘clinging’ plant that climbs and rambles over other plants.

Hairs and prickles cover most parts of this plant which make it cling to clothing and fur, so well known by walkers and gardeners. The square shaped stem supports small, round fruits, little white flowers and thin leaves in swirls of 6-8.

This plant has many different names including 'goosegrass'.


Widespread, except some areas towards the north of Scotland.


Can be found in a range of habitats including beaches, cultivated land, gardens, hedges, river banks, waste ground and woodland.