Field Guide to Noxious and Other Selected Weeds of British Columbia

Cleavers (Galium aparine)


  • Regional Noxious Weed

  • native annual with square stems and short, bristly downward pointing hooks on stem corners; rough, hairy leaves grow in whorls of 6 to 8; burr-like seeds produced in pairs

  • commonly known as bedstraw, cleavers is particularly damaging in cereals and canola where it clings to and trails around these crops

Leaves in whorl around square stem
Seed-cases produced in pairs are covered with hooked hairs

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