bed·​straw | \ ˈbed-ˌstrȯ How to pronounce bedstraw (audio) \

Definition of bedstraw

: any of a genus (Galium) of herbs of the madder family having squarish stems, whorled leaves, and small flowers

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This week in the garden To reduce or prevent the germination of winter weeds such as bedstraw, thistle, dandelion, beggar’s lice, rescue grass, henbit, and annual bluegrass apply a pre-emergent herbicide such as Dimension, Amaze, or XL now. Calvin Finch,, "Yeah, it feels wrong, but it’s time to plant your winter vegetables," 30 Aug. 2019 This week in the garden Apply a pre-emergent herbicide such as Dimension or Amaze to your lawn to prevent the germination of winter weeds such as bedstraw, henbit, thistle, beggar’s lice, annual bluegrass and rescue grass. Calvin Finch,, "Now is the time to spread wildflower seed in your San Antonio garden," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bedstraw

1527, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bedstraw

from its use for mattresses

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