Galium odoratum, sweet woodruff

Galium odoratum

Sweet woodruff

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Galium odoratum
  • Common name: Sweet woodruff
  • Plant type: Perennial
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 30cm

Spread: 1m

Flower colour:
  • White
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Aromatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife, Scented flowers

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Sweet woodruff, Galium odoratum, is a hardy perennial species with a wide native range, including the UK. It's a woodland plant that is often grown for ground cover in shady areas, including under trees and shrubs. 

From mid-spring to July it produces clusters of dainty white flowers that are held above whorled leaves. All parts of the plant are sweetly scented, and in Germany it's used to make a sweet wine called Maitrank. As it wilts and dries the scent intensifies, lending to its use in potpourri. 

For best results grow Galium odoratum in moist, well-drained soil in partial to full shade. Drought-tolerant once established.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, Partial shade, Full shade
  • Shade type: Dry
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Low maintenance
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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