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Sweet WoodruffAsperula Odorata

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  • Height1 FT(30 CM)
  • Spread2 FT(46 CM)
  • Zone3
  • Sunlight ConditionShade to Part Shade
  • Soil ConditionMoist Well Drained
  • Fruit/EdibilityNo Fruit, Edible Foliage
  • Flowering TimeLate Spring
  • Flower Colorwhite

Also known as "Sweetscented Bedstraw", and Latin name "Galium Orodata". 

A dark green groundcover with aromatic foliage which smells like freshly mown hay when cut or crushed. Produced aromatic dainty white star-shaped flowers in spring. A lovely groundcover to cover spring bulbs that are done flowering. A good cut and dried flower - very aromatic. Rabbits and deer do not particularly care for this plant. 

Growing Conditions: 

  • Prefers partial to full shade
  • Likes average soil
  • Medium to wet, well drained
  • Medium growth rate


  • Can be kept under control by spade edging yearly to sever runners.
  • Only need to be watered in times of drought.
  • Can easily be divided and transplanted, or spread by seed.
  • Can be mowed
  • Common Concerns: Can be aggressive in optimal conditions. Can go dormant mid-summer in dry/sunny locations

Edible/Herbal/Medicinal Uses:

Aromatic foliage intensifies when dried - often used in potpourris, or to flavor teas or cold fruit drinks. Leaves are used to make"May Wine", a punch made from white wine flavored with woodruff and fruit. Widely used for herbal/medicinal purposes both externally and internally. Most commonly used for its tonic, diuretic and anti-inflammatory effect.

DISCLAIMER: The information presented here regarding edible/herbal/medicinal uses is for informational purposes only. Always consult a physician or other qualified health professional prior to ingesting any plant not sold expressly for its edibility

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