Northern bedstraw
Northern bedstraw
Northern bedstraw
Northern bedstraw
Northern bedstraw leaves
Northern bedstraw leaves


Northern bedstraw is a fragrant perennial wildflower, widespread in northern regions of North America, Europe, and Asia. It can be found in well drained to moist forested or grassy areas, spreading by both seed and underground rhizomes.

Panicle clusters of showy white flowers appear and bloom all summer from June to August. Narrow whorled leaves radiate out in a circle, directly from the stem turning a deep purplish red in the fall. The plant dies back over the Winter, growing back each year. Northern bedstraw is low maintenance and great in part shade wildflower gardens to compliment other colours.

Bedstraw has a subtle pleasant fragrance and was used historically to stuff pillows and mattresses, as a cushion and sleep aid. It was also used to filter cow's milk of impurities while adding nutritional benefits at the same time. The plant is edible and used medicinally as a blood cleansing tonic.

Growing From Seed

Growing from seed is one of the most economical and satisfying ways to build a native plant garden. The table shows brief planting instructions, including how long and what kind of stratification this plant needs. For further information on stratification and seed preparation please refer to our article: Preparing To Grow Wild Plant Seeds

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Growing From Plants

Seedlings are a more economical option than established plants and an easier start than growing from seed. Our plants are shipped in soil blocks or plug trays. Plants do surprizingly well in the mail but need special care upon arrival. Please see Planting Mail Order Seedlings for information on how to plant and care for seedlings.


We currently ship within the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, and it usually takes 2-5 business days in the mail once shipped. Seeds ship year-round. Plants are generally available from May to September and can be reserved during off season; Shipping costs are calculated during checkout. Seed orders over $100 ship free! See Shipping for more details.