Sweet Woodruff, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Sweet Woodruff, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Galium – Sweet Woodruff, Waldmeister

Sweet Woodiuff (Galium odorata) is a small growing, graceful, sweet scented herb. It has small, white flowers and deep green, whorled foliage. The flowers and leaves when dried have an odor like new hay and when laid among clothes, perfume them and keep away insects.

It grows from 6 inches to 8 inches high and the small flowers, appearing among the foliage, make an exceedingly pretty picture, but the foliage itself is not very attractive.

UTILIZE. Sweet Woodruff is fine for cutting purposes, and is used with varieties of the English Ivy for a ground covering among shrubs and under trees. Dried leaves have a very agreeable aromatic odor.

GENERAL. It will succeed when planted in clumps if given a partially shaded position.

PROPAGATION. It is propagated by division and from seeds and increases rapidly. The seeds germinate slowly.

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