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Real bedstraw: cultivation and care of the inconspicuous wonder plant


The bedstraw that blooms yellow on the side of the road is often misjudged as a weed, even though it is a true miracle plant. Read here how to plant it.

Smells of honey: real bedstraw

In real bedstraw, many speak of a miracle plant, because it is often mentioned in folk medicine as a medicinal herb that is antispasmodic, diuretic and healing wounds. On top of that, it smells wonderful too! If you sniff it, you will perceive an extremely pleasant honey smell, which you can also recognize the bedstraw unmistakably.

Also known is a white flowering subspecies of the bedstraw, which is known as the so-called bedstraw. This is also one of the absolutely popular scented plants because it smells a little like honey like the bedstraw. Incidentally, the famous woodruff plant also belongs to the same genus as the bedstraw.

But where does the name come from? Quite simply: In the past, bedstraw was often used to make cheese, from which the name can also be derived. But only by the way. Here is everything you need to know about growing and caring for the plant.

Grow bedstraw

In spring you can easily dig out the extremely easy-care bedstraw at the edge of the path (division of larger plants possible without any problems) and use it again in your own garden.

Alternatively, you can collect the seeds of the bedstraw in autumn, dry them and sow them again on the windowsill in early spring. From mid-May you can then move the plantlets you have raised to the field.

Caring for bedstraw properly

The bedstraw needs practically no maintenance if you plant it in a sunny location with nutrient-poor soil. And even during long periods of drought you do not have to water the bedstraw constantly and you do not need to fertilize the plant.

However, you have to be careful that the bedstraw does not spread uncontrollably. It is best to divide the perennials in order to keep them in check.