a rubiaceous plant, Galium verum, or some allied species, formerly used as straw for stuffing mattresses.

1350–1400; late Middle English; see bed, straw Unabridged
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bedstraw (ˈbɛdˌstrɔː)
See also lady's bedstraw any of numerous rubiaceous plants of the genus Galium, which have small white or yellow flowers and prickly or hairy fruits: some species formerly used as straw for beds as they are aromatic when dry

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Sweetscented bedstraw and piggyback plant are usually present.
Timely spot mowing or spot chemical treatment is permitted to control unwanted herbaceous vegetation such as bedstraw.
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