Galium odoratum

Galium odoratum

A mat-forming perennial that is most often grown as a ground cover in shady areas. Plants typically grow 8-12″ tall and feature fragrant, lance-shaped, dark green leaves in whorls of 6-8 along square stems. Small, fragrant, 4-petaled, white flowers appear in loose cymes in spring. Plants emit a strong odor of freshly mown hay when foliage is crushed or cut.

Spreads by both creeping roots and self-seeding to form an attractive ground cover in moist, shady areas. Can be somewhat aggressive in optimum growing conditions. Plants may go dormant by mid-summer if improperly grown in dry, sunny locations.

Pronunciation: GAL-ee-um oh-dor-AY-tum

Species Meaning: Fragrant

Propagation Notes

Easily divided into pieces.

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P17012

Found in Down Under Up Top, Streambed,

There is a large clump of it as a ground cover along the steps of the streambed and also used as a ground cover in the shade area of Down Under Up Top.

Family: Rubiaceae

Genus: Galium

Species: odoratum

Commonly known as: Sweet woodruff, sweet scented bedstraw

Height: <3ft

Spread: 3ft to 5ft

Growth Habit:
Water Needs:
Summer - Medium Water
Sun Needs:
Part Shade
Part Sun
Soil Type:
Average Soil
Season of Interest:
Zn 0 to 6 - too cold for me!

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