Common cleaver (Galium aparine)

Collins, 96; Readers Digest, 312

This straggling rampant tall annual has small white flowers and is very abundant in our gardens and verges.

Its other common name is Goosegrass, implying that it is a favourite food of geese and indeed in some regions it is fed to goslings on hatching.

In the 16th Century the plantís juices were used as a slimming aid and  it has also been used to treat scurvy.