Galium uliginosum

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaRubiaceaeGaliumGalium uliginosum


A perennial herb of base-rich marshes and fens, usually in drier and more calcareous habitats than G. palustre, although the two may sometimes be found growing together. 0-750 m (Cross Fell, Cumberland).



World Distribution

Eurasian Boreo-temperate element.

© P. Shannon

Broad Habitats

Fen, marsh and swamp (not wooded)

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 9

Reaction (Ellenberg): 6

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 4


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.2

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.9

Annual Precipitation (mm): 961

Life form information

Height (cm): 60

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Rhizome shortly creeping

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1435

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 102

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: -0.14

Weighted Changed Factor: -3

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.