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Bedstraw, any of a group of wild plants (genus Galium) found in damp woods and swamps. They have slender, square stems and fine needle-shaped leaves arranged in whorls of four to eight. The clustered flowers may be white, brown, yellow, or green. The name is derived from their former use as mattress stuffing.

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