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
Easily divided into pieces.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P17012
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.