bedstraw

noun
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

Examples of bedstraw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the weeds that cause the most problems are broadleafs like bedstraw and henbit, select a product that targets broadleaf weeds. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: How to prepare your winter vegetable garden," 3 Sep. 2020 The result is that broadleaf weeds such as henbit, chickweed, thistle, bedstraw and dandelions are prospering. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: It’s weed season, San Antonio gardeners. Here’s what to do," 20 Feb. 2020 Others were not so: the golden plumes of lady's bedstraw, or the yellow-and-white buttons of the kidney vetch, or a tiny lemon yellow viola hiding within the tapestry. Adrian Higgins, chicagotribune.com, "Exploring the wild beauty of Scotland’s Western Isles," 18 Oct. 2019 Others were not so: the golden plumes of lady’s bedstraw, or the yellow-and-white buttons of the kidney vetch, or a tiny lemon yellow viola hiding within the tapestry. Washington Post, "Exploring the rich grasslands, meadows and wildflowers of Scotland’s Western Isles," 18 Oct. 2019 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, ExpressNews.com, "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, ExpressNews.com, "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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Cite this Entry

“Bedstraw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bedstraw. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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