|Photo 1. General image of Galium aparine
Galium aparine, commonly known as Cleavers including cleavers, clivers, "bort", bedstraw, goosegrass, catchweed, stickyweed, robin-run-the-hedge, sticky willy, sticky willow, stickyjack, stickeljack, and grip grass, is a herbaceous annual plant of the family Rubiaceae, is a provincially yellow listed wildflower in BC. Federally it is not listed. It is part of the family with a annual lifecycle.
Galium aparine is a wildflower that is 10-100 cm tall/long. The leaf shape is lanceolate (long, wider in the middle, shaped like a lance tip) or oblanceolate (much longer than wide and with the widest portion near the tip, reversed lanceolate). Their surface is hairy. Their edges are entire. Leaves are arranged rosette or whorled. Leaves are bristly-hairy along the margins. The stem is green or purple in colour and has a hairy surface. The flowers have 4 white pedals or sepals. and 1.6-2 mm wide. Fruit are 3-5 mm wide. It has a tap or hairy root structure.
It can be found from 0 m to 500 m in elevation. It can be found in British Columbia, Canada. Galium aparine is found in the coastal-western-hemlock biogeoclimatic zone(s).