Catchweed Bedstraw

Scientific Name - Galium aparine L.
Family - Rubiaceae

Mat-forming winter annual with prostrate or trailing angled stems. Stems with stiff bristles that point towards the base. Leaves whorled, six to eight at each node, with small bristles on the margins. Plant easily attaches to clothes, hair, etc. Flowers, white, on long stems from the leaf axils. Fruit a bristly two-sided capsule. Reproduces by seed. Found throughout North America. Also found in Europe, Asia, and Australia.