*Sheradia arvensis

Family Rubiaceae

Field Madder

Short-lived ascending to procumbent herb with weak stems to 30 cm long. Longevity to 1 year.

Flowers: Pink to lilac, September – December.

Fruit: Dry 2-lobed fruit 2–5 mm long.


Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Native of Europe and West Asia.
  • Weed of grasslands in full sun.
  • Occasional in grassland at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Asterisk * indicates exotic species naturalised at the Australian Botanic Garden.


Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Sheradia arvensis plant

Sheradia arvensis flower