Bleached Bedstraw from Virginia in SC

Thank you for helping me ID the wild poinsettia.

Now I have another mystery plant- it is also
growing in a shady spot of our backyard in Charleston, SC.


Virginia, I can see this would be a tricky one, because some of the leaves have turned white and have dead tissue.  However, the whorls of 4 leaves as well as the immature pendulous fruit tell me that this is a bedstraw, or Galium.  I am not 100 % sure of the species, but given your location and the rather tough appearance of this species, I would say it is Galium hispidulum.

Sincerely,   Steve Hill, SCNPS, Botanist

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