Cleavers, also known as goosegrass, kisses, sticky willy, stickyweed and a variety of other common names, is a common annual groundcover usually found thriving in abandoned lots and waste places. Although the plant exudes a sap when plucked, the “sticky” factor responsible for so many of the plant’s nicknames comes from the hairs that cover the plant and act as tiny hooks. Like nettles, the entire plant is edible when cooked to remove the hooked hairs, but the herb is more commonly used in teas and to make topical infusions and washes.
Cleavers c/s, 1/4lb
Cleavers is a ground cover found in meadows and other wayside places that is in the madder or bedstraw family, which includes the coffee plant.
At one time, in fact, the roasted seeds of cleavers were used as a coffee alternative. Today, the leaves and stems of the herb are used to brew tea or to make topical skin washes and poultices.