Field Madder - Sherardia arvensis
Family - Rubiaceae

Field Madder - Sherardia arvensis, click for a larger image, photo licensed for reuse CCASA3.0
Photo ©2005 Strobilomyces

Widespread annual plant regarded as a weed, growing mostly on waste ground, fields, roadsides and arable areas usually on calcareous soils with a creeping habit.  Common in England and Wales rare otherwise.  Slender prostrate stems to 30cm (12in) long of square section and branched, with oval narrow grey - green leaves covered in prickly hairs, four to six leaves in a radial arrangement along the stem.  Pinkish flowers each about 3-5mm (0.15-0.25in) appearing May to October.

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