Galium pilosum

hairy bedstraw

Description: perennial

Place of origin: southern and eastern North America

Urban habitat: Commonly found in disturbed and polluted landscapes, vacant lots, and abandoned fields; can thrive in shade and in full sun.

Ecological function: disturbance-adapted colonizer; food for insects and other small wildlife.

History: Although Galium pilosum is native to North America, it is consider a noxious weed in several U.S. states due to its ability to thrive in disturbed landscapes.