Galium odoratum

sweet woodruff

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  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: tolerates most but prefers moist, humus-rich soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: April to July
  • Flower colour: white
  • Other features: widely used in herbal medicine during the Middle Ages
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    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 groundcover 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.

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