Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia

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Most habitat and range descriptions were obtained from Weakley's Flora.

Your search found 47 taxa in the family Rubiaceae, Bedstraw or Madder family, as understood by PLANTS National Database.

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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Fevertree, Pinkneya
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Pinckneya bracteata   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Pinckneya bracteata   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Pinckneya pubens 173-01-001   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in margins of acidic, peaty (blackwater) swamps

Common in GA, rare in SC

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Buttonbush
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Cephalanthus occidentalis   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cephalanthus occidentalis   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cephalanthus occidentalis 173-02-001   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it on streambanks, riverbanks, depressional wetlands, lakes, often in standing water

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Virginia Buttonweed
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Diodia virginiana   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Diodia virginiana +   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Diodia virginiana 173-03-001   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it on pondshores, in ditches, other moist to wet habitats

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Poor-joe, Rough Buttonweed
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Hexasepalum teres   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Diodia teres +   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Diodia teres 173-03-002   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it on dunes, sandy roadsides, glades, hardpans, other dry habitats

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: woodland false buttonweed
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Spermacoce remota   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Spermacoce assurgens   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in wet hammocks, bottomland forests, marshes

Rare

Native to Georgia

 


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speaker icon Common Name: Shrubby Buttonweed, Whitehead Broom, Boton Blanco
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Spermacoce verticillata   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Spermacoce verticillata   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed areas

Rare

Non-native: New World tropics

 


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camera icon Common Name: Brazilian-clover, tropical Mexican-clover
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Richardia brasiliensis   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Richardia brasiliensis   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Richardia brasiliensis 173-05-001   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it on roadsides, fields, vacant lots, urban areas, disturbed areas

Common (uncommon in Carolina Piedmont)

Non-native: South America

 


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camera icon Common Name: Rough Mexican-clover
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Richardia scabra   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Richardia scabra   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Richardia scabra 173-05-002   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in roadsides, fields, vacant lots, urban areas, disturbed areas

Common in Coastal Plain, uncommon in Piedmont, rare in Mountains

Non-native? South America

 


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Common Name: Largeflower Mexican-clover, Largeflower Richardia
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Richardia grandiflora   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Richardia grandiflora   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed areas

Rare. Reported just south of our area and "rapidly spreading"

Non-native: South America (mainly Brazil)

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Partridgeberry, Twinflower
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Mitchella repens   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Mitchella repens   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Mitchella repens 173-06-001   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in deciduous & coniferous forests, streambanks, heath balds, maritime forests, on rotten logs

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


drawing of Edrastima uniflora, Oldenlandia, Clustered Bluet need picture of leaf or frond of Edrastima uniflora, Oldenlandia, Clustered Bluet need picture of flower of Edrastima uniflora, Oldenlandia, Clustered Bluet need picture of sepals or involucral bracts of Edrastima uniflora, Oldenlandia, Clustered Bluet need picture of fruit of Edrastima uniflora, Oldenlandia, Clustered Bluet
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Common Name: Oldenlandia, Clustered Bluet
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Edrastima uniflora   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Oldenlandia uniflora   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Oldenlandia uniflora 173-07-001   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Common in Coastal Plain (rare in Piedmont)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Bosc's Bluet
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Oldenlandia boscii   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Oldenlandia boscii   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Oldenlandia boscii 173-07-002   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in clay-based Carolina bays, rivershore and millpond drawdown shores, sagponds, other seasonally saturated habitats

Rare, endemic to the Southeastern Coastal Plain

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Diamond-flower, Flattop Mille-graines
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Oldenlandia corymbosa   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Oldenlandia corymbosa   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Oldenlandia corymbosa 173-07-003   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in moist lawns, gardens

Rare in GA, NC, SC

Non-native: South America

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Quaker Ladies, Common Bluet, Innocence, Azure Bluet
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Houstonia caerulea   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Houstonia caerulea   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Houstonia caerulea 173-08-001   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in forests, woodlands, openings, lawns, a wide variety of disturbed sites

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Thymeleaf Bluet, Appalachian Bluet, Prostrate Bluet, Marsh Bluet
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Houstonia serpyllifolia   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Houstonia serpyllifolia   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Houstonia serpyllifolia 173-08-002   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it on streambanks, grassy balds, moist forests, seepy rock outcrops, spray cliffs, and moist distured areas

Common (uncommon in GA), endemic to Central & Southern Appalachians

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Tiny Bluet, Small Bluet
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Houstonia pusilla   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Houstonia pusilla   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Houstonia pusilla 173-08-003   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in woodlands, lawns, cemeteries, and other disturbed sites

Common (rare in Mountains)

Native to Carolinas & Georgia - natural habitats & original distribution obscure

 


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camera icon Common Name: Southern Bluet
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Houstonia micrantha   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Houstonia micrantha   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it on dunes, sandy soils, granitic flatrocks, disturbed areas

Rare in GA

Native to Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Roundleaf Bluet, Creeping Bluet, Trailing Bluet, Fairy-footprints
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Houstonia procumbens   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Houstonia procumbens   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Houstonia procumbens 173-08-004   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it on beach dunes, in moist to wet sandy pinelands

Common

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Summer Bluet, Mountain Bluet, Woodland Bluet, Purple Bluet
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Houstonia purpurea   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Houstonia purpurea var. purpurea   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Houstonia purpurea 173-08-005   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in moist and dry woodlands and forests, roadbanks, thinner soils around rock outcrops, a variety of disturbed sites, such as paths, old roads, and roadbanks

Common (rare in Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


drawing of Houstonia lanceolata, Lanceleaf Bluet, Midwestern Summer Bluet, Glade Mountain Houstonia, Venus's Pride need picture of leaf or frond of Houstonia lanceolata, Lanceleaf Bluet, Midwestern Summer Bluet, Glade Mountain Houstonia, Venus's Pride need picture of flower of Houstonia lanceolata, Lanceleaf Bluet, Midwestern Summer Bluet, Glade Mountain Houstonia, Venus's Pride need picture of sepals or involucral bracts of Houstonia lanceolata, Lanceleaf Bluet, Midwestern Summer Bluet, Glade Mountain Houstonia, Venus's Pride need picture of fruit of Houstonia lanceolata, Lanceleaf Bluet, Midwestern Summer Bluet, Glade Mountain Houstonia, Venus's Pride
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Common Name: Lanceleaf Bluet, Midwestern Summer Bluet, Glade Mountain Houstonia, Venus's Pride
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Houstonia lanceolata   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Houstonia purpurea var. calycosa   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Houstonia purpurea 173-08-005?   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in calcareous prairies and barrens, dry woodlands, banks, rock outcrops, shallow soils around mafic and calcareous rock outcrops

Rare

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Roan Mountain Bluet
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Houstonia montana   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Houstonia purpurea var. montana   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Houstonia purpurea 173-08-005?   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in crevices of rock outcrops at summits of high elevation peaks of Southern Blue Ridge, also in thin frost-heaved gravelly soils of grassy balds near summit outcrops, from 1250-1950m in elevation

Rare, endemic to the high Blue Ridge of nw. NC & ne. TN

Native to North Carolina

 


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camera icon Common Name: Canada Bluet
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Houstonia canadensis   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Houstonia canadensis   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in dry limestone barrens, locally abundant in shallow soils over limestone

Rare

Native to Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Longleaf Bluet
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Houstonia longifolia var. compacta   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Houstonia longifolia   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Houstonia longifolia 173-08-006?   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it on dry rock outcrops and adjacent open woodlands, dry sandy woodlands, dry roadbanks, glades and barrens

Uncommon

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Granite Dome Bluet
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Houstonia longifolia var. glabra   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Houstonia longifolia   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Houstonia longifolia 173-08-006?   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in seasonally and periodically wet soils of shallow soil mats and crevices of granitic domes

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


drawing of Houstonia tenuifolia, Narrowleaf Bluet, Diffuse-branched Bluet need picture of leaf or frond of Houstonia tenuifolia, Narrowleaf Bluet, Diffuse-branched Bluet need picture of flower of Houstonia tenuifolia, Narrowleaf Bluet, Diffuse-branched Bluet need picture of sepals or involucral bracts of Houstonia tenuifolia, Narrowleaf Bluet, Diffuse-branched Bluet need picture of fruit of Houstonia tenuifolia, Narrowleaf Bluet, Diffuse-branched Bluet
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speaker icon Common Name: Narrowleaf Bluet, Diffuse-branched Bluet
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Houstonia tenuifolia   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Houstonia longifolia   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Houstonia tenuifolia 173-08-007   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it usually in dry woodlands, often rocky (esp mafic rocks) or sandy

Uncommon (rare in Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


drawing of Houstonia nigricans var. nigricans, Diamond-flower, Glade Bluet need picture of leaf or frond of Houstonia nigricans var. nigricans, Diamond-flower, Glade Bluet need picture of flower of Houstonia nigricans var. nigricans, Diamond-flower, Glade Bluet need picture of sepals or involucral bracts of Houstonia nigricans var. nigricans, Diamond-flower, Glade Bluet need picture of fruit of Houstonia nigricans var. nigricans, Diamond-flower, Glade Bluet
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Common Name: Diamond-flower, Glade Bluet
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Houstonia nigricans var. nigricans   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
(?) PLANTS National Database: Stenaria nigricans var. nigricans   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in limestone barrens dominated by Andropogon gerardii, blackland prairies

Rare

Native to Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Field Madder, Blue Field Madder
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Galium sherardia   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Sherardia arvensis   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Sherardia arvensis 173-09-001   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in lawns, disturbed areas

Uncommon

Non-native: Europe

 


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camera icon Common Name: Coastal Bedstraw
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Galium bermudense   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Galium hispidulum   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Galium hispidulum 173-10-001   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in maritime forests, sandhills, dry sandy forests

Common in Coastal Plain (rare elsewhere)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Oneflower Bedstraw
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Galium uniflorum   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Galium uniflorum   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Galium uniflorum 173-10-002   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in moist slope forests and alluvial forests

Uncommon

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


drawing of Galium lanceolatum, Lanceleaf Wild Licorice need picture of leaf or frond of Galium lanceolatum, Lanceleaf Wild Licorice need picture of flower of Galium lanceolatum, Lanceleaf Wild Licorice need picture of sepals or involucral bracts of Galium lanceolatum, Lanceleaf Wild Licorice need picture of fruit of Galium lanceolatum, Lanceleaf Wild Licorice
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Common Name: Lanceleaf Wild Licorice
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Galium lanceolatum   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Galium lanceolatum   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Galium lanceolatum 173-10-003   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in moist hardwood forests

Uncommon in NC, rare in SC

Native to the Carolinas

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Forest Bedstraw, Licorice Bedstraw
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Galium circaezans   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Galium circaezans var. circaezans   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Galium circaezans 173-10-004   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in mesic to dry forests

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Hairy Bedstraw
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Galium pilosum   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Galium pilosum var. pilosum   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Galium pilosum 173-10-005   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in forests, woodland borders, clearings

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Bald Bedstraw, Smoothstem Bedstraw
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Galium orizabense ssp. laevicaule   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Galium orizabense ssp. laevicaule   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Galium pilosum 173-10-005?   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in mesic forests, maritime forests, swamp edges

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Cleavers, Bedstraw
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Galium aparine   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Galium aparine   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Galium aparine 173-10-006   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in meadows, thickets, disturbed areas, forests

Common

Native & non-native

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Sweet-scented Bedstraw, Fragrant Bedstraw
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Galium triflorum   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Galium triflorum   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Galium triflorum 173-10-007   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in woodlands, roadsides, disturbed areas

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Purple Bedstraw, Wideleaf Bedstraw
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Galium latifolium   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Galium latifolium   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Galium latifolium 173-10-008   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in moist hardwood forests

Common (uncommon in Piedmont), endemic to Central & Southern Appalachians

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Yellow Bedstraw, Our Lady's Bedstraw
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Galium verum   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Galium verum   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Galium verum 173-10-009   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in meadows, pastures, roadsides

Rare in NC

Non-native: Europe

 


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camera icon Common Name: Piedmont Crosswort, Piedmont Bedstraw
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Galium pedemontanum   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cruciata pedemontana   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Galium pedemontanum 173-10-010   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in lawns, grassy roadsides, pastures

Uncommon (rare in NC Piedmont)

Non-native: southern Europe

 


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Common Name: Bluntleaf Bedstraw
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Galium obtusum var. obtusum   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Galium obtusum ssp. obtusum   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Galium obtusum var. obtusum 173-10-011a   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in marshes, swamps

Uncommon (rare in Mountains, rare in GA - except common in GA Mtns)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Carolina Bedstraw
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Galium obtusum var. filifolium   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Galium obtusum ssp. filifolium   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Galium obtusum var. filifolium 173-10-011b   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in marshes, swamps, creekbanks, alluvial forests

Common in NC & SC Coastal Plain (uncommon to rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC) (an endemic)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Stiff Marsh Bedstraw, Dye Bedstraw, Three-lobed Bedstraw
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Galium tinctorium +   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Galium tinctorium   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Galium tinctorium 173-10-012   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in swamps, marshes, & ditches

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Rough Bedstraw
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Galium asprellum   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Galium asprellum   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Galium asprellum 173-10-014   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in bogs, streambanks, wet meadows

Uncommon

Native to North Carolina

 


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camera icon Common Name: False Baby's Breath, Smooth Bedstraw, Hedge Bedstraw, Wild Madder
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Galium mollugo   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Galium mollugo   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Galium mollugo 173-10-015   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in moist roadsides, disturbed areas

Uncommon in NC, rare in GA

Non-native: Europe

 


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Common Name: white bedstraw
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Galium album   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
(?) PLANTS National Database: Galium album   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Galium mollugo 173-10-015?   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Non-native: Europe

 


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camera icon Common Name: Northern Bedstraw
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Galium boreale   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Galium boreale   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it on limestone and dolostone bluffs, outcrops, and rocky woodlands

Rare

Native north of the Carolinas

 


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Common Name: Shining Bedstraw
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Galium concinnum   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Galium concinnum   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in mesic to dry forests

Uncommon

Native north of the Carolinas

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Skunkvine
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Paederia foetida   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Paederia foetida   FAMILY: Rubiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Paederia foetida 173-11x-001x   FAMILY: Rubiaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed areas

Uncommon in GA, rare in NC-SC

Non-native: southeast Asia

 


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