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Galium odoratum

Galium odoratum

Sweet Woodruff

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Also known as 'Sweet Scented Bedstraw', this is a great ground cover for shady sites, and an excellent foil for spring bulbs. The sweetly hay scented foliage appears in whorls around the stems, growing into a mat, over time. The small heads of tiny white flowers appear in spring. Woodruff is sometimes used to make herbal teas,  and is a component of "May Wine"- a white wine based punch flavoured with woodruff, orange and pineapple



Hardiness Zone: Zone 4
Light Requirements: Part shade to full shade
Height: 10-20 cm
Spread: 30-60 cm
Soil Requirements: Average to moist soils
Bloom Time Mid to late spring
Planting Time:
Use: Woodland gardens, ground cover, mixed containers, mass planting
Flower Colour & Shape: Small heads of fragrant, four petalled white flowers
Foliage: Whorls of 6 to 8 small, deep green leaves circle the stems at regular intervals
Benefits: Deer and rabbit resistant, edible plant, dried herb

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