An easy to grow perennial found growing wild, bedstraw with its fluffy yellow flowers, was used for stuffing mattresses and for cheese making due to its ability to curdle milk.
- Good for a wildlife garden
- Dye herb
- Rich source of nectar for bees
A European native it can be commonly found in the UK growing meadows and heaths and gives a honey waft to the air. It is also called by the name country name ‘cheese rennet ‘because of its use in cheese making.
- Height: 30-60cm
- Type: Hardy
- Aspect: Sun
- Soil: Any/alkaline
- Flower colour: Yellow
- Flowering period: July - September
An easy to grow perennial, lady’s bedstraw will grow on most soil types and is happy with some sun and shade during the day. It spreads into a nice clump in the ground – in a pot it need to be split every couple of years to stop it becoming too root bound.
Lady’s bedstraw has a pleasant smell once dried and was once used for stuffing mattresses where it helped discourage fleas.
The leaves and stems produce a yellow dye for cloth and food colouring and it they have also been used instead of rennet in cheese making, giving the cheese a deep yellow colour.
The leaves make a bitter infusion which is traditionally used as a diuretic and remedy for urinary disorders. The fresh leaves can be applied to sooth reddened skin and reduce inflammation on cuts, skin infections and slow haling wounds.
We deliver our herb plants to addresses across the UK. Orders are dispatched between Mondays and Thursdays. This is usually within two to four days of placing your order, but at some points of the year during busy peaks it may take a little longer.
Very small orders of up to 3 herbs are dispatched with Royal Mail but the majority of our orders are sent via a 24 hour courier service. Orders sent by courier to Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles take 48-72hrs - this will be indicated at the checkout.
1 - 23 herbs - £5.85
24+ herbs - free delivery
Please note there are additional surcharges for delivery to some postcodes in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles - this will be calculated at the checkout based on the delivery address postcode. Unfortunately due to Brexit we are unable to ship to Northern Island currently.
All the herbs are supplied in 9x9 cm pots (8cm depth). Our herbs are packaged securely in recycled and recyclable blister packs and then into cardboard boxes, to ensure your plants to arrive in the best possible condition.
Further information about delivery can be found on our Ordering & delivery information page.
All our herbs are grown on the nursery and are dispatched labelled with their plant name and basic growing instructions
Our aim is to provide our customers with top quality herbs and service. We have worked hard to find a robust packing and delivery system that ensures your plants arrive at your door in the best condition.
We would ask that you check your herbs carefully when they arrive and report any problems to us either by phone or email within 48 hours so that we can rectify it. We may ask that you send us a photo.
We cannot accept responsibility for plants that have not been cared for or had unsuitable care.
Once an order has been placed you have the right to cancel your order up to the day of dispatch. As herbs are a perishable item we cannot accept returns in exchange for a refund.