Galium verum var. asiaticum is
a 30-80cm perennial herb in height inhabiting sunny, somewhat dry
grasslands. Leaves are seemingly in whorls of 8-10, each 2-3cm long,
1.5-3mm wide, linear, with short prickles on tips. Two out of the
8-10 are genuine leaves, but the other 6-8 are stipules, though
looking like leaves. Stem tips and axils emerge panicles that set
many small yellow flowers in them; corollas measure 2mm in diameter,
cleft in four, and open flat. Bloom time: July-August.