Cleavers, beastraw, Galium spp. are edible plants in the madder or coffee family. (Noni is also in this family and you can see the resemblance in structure!) They have these velcro like leaves and stems that stick or “cleave” to you. And to everything else, too.
While out on this now fabled winter chanterelle hike, I also did a forage for fresh cleavers. A great ally, very nutritious, medicinal (helps clean the lymph system for starters), great fresh cucumber like flavor. Grows in shade or sun as a weed. Highly recommended for urban container gardens.
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