Chemical-free farm-grown Cleavers (Galium aparine) seeds for organic growing.
All seed varieties are grown at our farm, Fireweed, or gathered sustainably from the near by wilds. We gather, process, and package every seed variety we carry ourselves with love and care in small batches. We never purchase seeds from outside sources to resell to you. All of our varieties are open-pollinated, grown without the use of chemicals, hybrid-free and GMO-free.
1 pkg (approx 30-50 seeds)
Cleavers, Clivers, Bedstraw, Catchweed, Stickyweed
Rubiaceae (Coffee Family)
Temperate Earth, common in the PNW.
Cleavers has slender sprawling stems that trail along the ground or up and over whatever will support them such as walls, fences, and other plants. Though not technically a vine, Cleaves attaches itself to whatever it comes in contact with the small barbed hairs that grow all over its stems and leaves.
The seeds sprout into the sweetest tiny seedlings with leaves whorled around the stems in fall or spring and grow to about 3ft or so in a season. In late spring they are covered in tiny white star-like flowers which slowly mature and ripen into small green nut-like seeds.
Prefers part shade and moist well-drained soil.
Seeds germinate easily and can be direct sown in fall or spring.
Needs moisture throughout the growing season. Will self seed and return each year.
The plants can be harvested once they are about a foot tall, the top 6" can be snipped and the plants will regrow. They are most palatable for culinary use in early spring before the plants mature. Medicinally they are most potent in early bloom.
In the springtime Cleavers greens can be harvested and eaten as a green. In the wild you often find it growing with its buddies Chickweed (Stellaria media) and Nettle (Urtica dioica) and I often harvest the three together and use them in my kitchen to make stews, soups, braising greens, smoothies, pesto and whatever else I can squeeze their goodness in.
It is said that the seeds can be harvested and roasted for use as a coffee substitute; Cleavers being in the same family as coffee it apparently yields decent results.
Cleavers is popular in the western herbal mat med for its use as an alterative and diuretic. It is wonderfully cleansing and nutritive, full of minerals and vitamins. Its constituents sweep through the lymph system and help brush it clean, helping to restore healthy lymph flow. I can help you to recover after a chronic illness, or infection. Cleavers is energetically cooling and drying is indicated for hot and moist constitutions with reoccurring swollen glands and seasonal allergies.
Cleavers is a plant very near and dear to my heart. It has taught me so much about myself, and my own patterns around clinging, untangling and getting perspective. It is a plant that has taught me about what I need to be able to stand tall on my own, and I return to this plant again and again for guidance.
Apothecary Garden, Woodland Garden, Native Plant Garden, Wild Foraging.