- 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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Q:Native plants for a grave.....
Hi, I'm looking for some UK native plants for my friends grave. It's a woodland cemetery, hence the native. Preferably something that won't spiral out of control without excessive upkeep. What can you suggest? Thanks, JoAsked on 24/3/2010 by Jo
A:Hello Jo, There are a couple of things that I think would be lovely - here are some of the best. Hyacinthoides non-scripta (bluebell) Anemone nemorosa (wood anemone) Galium odoratum (sweet woodruff) Digitalis purpurea (foxglove) Galanthus nivalis (snowdrop) Polypodium vulgare (common polypody) I hope this gives you a few ideas, Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 25/3/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
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