Soon the cold weather will be leaving us and spring will introduce greens and herbs. One of the more interesting “weeds” is cleavers which is great for making medications and adding them to a healthy meal!
Cleavers are an annual herb. If taken from the garden here and there a gardener will always have some remaining from year to year.
The plant has lance-shaped leaves and little hairs on the stems are hooked. Ancients would weave the stems together to make strainers.
However, one must be careful. Some people react badly to the juice in this plant. It can, for certain individuals, case a rash. But the likelihood of getting a rash is few and far between
Also, if you have a pet the flower’s bristles can get caught on a dog or cat fur.
After the break gear up to read more about this wondrous herb named cleavers!