Sweet woodruff

Galium odoratum

Sweet woodruff - Galium odoratum

Common Name: Sweet woodruff
Genus: Galium
Species: odoratum

Category: Groundcover Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Suitable for ground cover, Has interesting foliage, Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Good for wildlife, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.45 m (45 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 1.50 m (150 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: April to July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Clay/Heavy or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

  • Other Features: Widely used in herbal medicine during the Middle Ages

    Many Galiums have a bad reputation for being invasive but this is a good garden plant which is quite well behaved. Once established it will spread by underground rhizomes to make large clumps that provide very pretty ground cover in woodland or naturalised planting schemes. From late spring small clusters of star-like white flowers appear above the attractive emerald green foliage. These flowers have a delicious scent and will attract lots of local bees looking for a treat. It will thrive in sun or dappled shade, however the foliage may become scorched in strong sun especially if the soils are dry. After it has had a chance to settle in it will develop some tolerance to drought.

  • Garden Care: Lift and divide large clumps in autumn or early spring.