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Galium odoratum (Sweet woodruff)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.5m
Max height
1.5m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Galium odoratum

Other names

Asperula odorata, Sweet woodruff, Rockweed, Sweet grass, Woodruff, Hay plant, Kiss-me-quick, Mugwet

Genus

Galium Galium

Species

G. odoratum - G. odoratum is a vigorous, mat-forming perennial with erect stems bearing whorls of lance-shaped, bright green leaves and clusters of small, star-shaped, white flower from late spring into summer.


Galium odoratum is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Foliage is hay scented when dry

Habit

Mat Forming

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

No pruning required.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Galium odoratum (Sweet woodruff) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 1.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Ground Cover, Rock, Underplanting

Cultivation

Plant in any moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. Strong sun will scorch the leaves. Site carefully as may be invasive.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

North, East

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Galium odoratum

Other names

Asperula odorata, Sweet woodruff, Rockweed, Sweet grass, Woodruff, Hay plant, Kiss-me-quick, Mugwet

Genus

Galium Galium

Species

G. odoratum - G. odoratum is a vigorous, mat-forming perennial with erect stems bearing whorls of lance-shaped, bright green leaves and clusters of small, star-shaped, white flower from late spring into summer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Foliage is hay scented when dry

Habit

Mat Forming


Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer

General care

Pruning

No pruning required.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Galium odoratum (Sweet woodruff) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 1.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Ground Cover, Rock, Underplanting

Cultivation

Plant in any moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. Strong sun will scorch the leaves. Site carefully as may be invasive.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

North, East

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

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