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Galium odoratum

Galium odoratum - Sweet Woodruff

More About Galium odoratum

  • AKA Asperula odorata
  • Small, fragrant, four-petaled, white, starry flowers
  • Foliage emerges bright green and ages to deep green
  • Whorled leaves form a solid mat of foliage
  • One of the most popular ground covers for shady sites
  • Relatively quick growing
  • Bloom Time: May to June

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario.

When crushed, the foliage smells like sweet, freshly mown hay. A herb of ancient use, the leaves and flowers can be used to make a medicinal tea for reducing  arthritic pain.

 

Zone:

3

Height:

15-20 cm

Spread:

30-40 cm

Colour:

White
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Sweet Woodruff Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows best in an average to moist, well-drained soil, in partial to full shade. Has a tendency to die back or go dormant during heat and drought periods of the summer, but often revives with fresh growth in the cooler, autumn temperatures. Can be mildly invasive in optimum, growing conditions. A good companion to early, spring bulbs planted in combination or throughout. 


Galium odoratum Characteristics

Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Fragrant
Fragrant
Ground cover
Ground cover

Soil Moisture

Moist to Average
Well-drained

Growth Rate

Medium

Flowering Time

Spring
Lt. Spr-Sum

Habit

Compact
Spreading

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Border/edging
Woodland/woods edge