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Sweet Woodruff

Galium odoratum

Also known as

Hay Plant, Kiss-Me-Quick, Mugwet, Rockweed, Sweet Grass, Woodruff, Sweetscented Bedstraw, Sweet Bedstraw

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Full Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Sweet Woodruff Overview

Galium odoratum is also known as sweet woodruff. Its an aromatic perennial species with a mat-forming habit. Produces a strong hay-scent when foliage is disturbed, this scent is more powerful after drying. thus the leaves of this species are commonly used for potpourri. Makes a good ground cover plant for shaded locations. Leaves are lance-shaped, the foliage is produced in whorled arrangments on square stems, in groupings of 6-8 leaflets. Small white flowers are produced in spring, they have 5 petals and are star-shaped. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

How to propagate Sweet Woodruff



Divide rhizomes in autumn or early spring.

Special features of Sweet Woodruff

Ground cover

Good ground cover plant for shaded locations.

Other uses of Sweet Woodruff

Ground cover, edging, rock garden

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