Rumored to be what Mary laid upon as she gave birth to Jesus, lady’s bedstraw is also called our lady’s bedstraw. While there is no proof that lady’s bedstraw was in the manger with Mary, Joseph and Jesus that night, it is native to Europe, The Middle East and Asia. Due to its importance as an herb, lady’s bedstraw was brought to North America by early immigrants and has naturalized throughout the United States. Galium verum is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in). It is hardy to zone (UK) 3 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from July to August, and the seeds ripen from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Flies, beetles. The plant is self-fertile.