Sweet Woodruff

Galium odoratum

Hay Plant, Kiss-Me-Quick, Mugwet, Rockweed, Sweet Grass, Woodruff, Sweetscented Bedstraw, Sweet Bedstraw

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Galium odoratum is also known as sweet woodruff. Its an aromatic perennial species with a mat-forming habit. Produces a strong hay-scent when foliage is disturbed, this scent is more powerful after drying. thus the leaves of this species are commonly used for potpourri. Makes a good ground cover plant for shaded locations. Leaves are lance-shaped, the foliage is produced in whorled arrangments on square stems, in groupings of 6-8 leaflets. Small white flowers are produced in spring, they have 5 petals and are star-shaped. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring

Propagation

Division

Divide rhizomes in autumn or early spring.

Special features

Ground cover

Good ground cover plant for shaded locations.

Special features

Origin

Europe, Eurasia.

Environment

Light

Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Rubiaceae

Flower colour

White
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