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Galium odoratum

Common Name:
Sweet woodruff
Plant Type:
Deciduous perennial
Rubiaceae (The Madder Family)
Geographic Origin:
Mediterranean Region
California Native?:
Plant Size:
1 foot high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
shade gardens
Flowering Season:
Spring and summer
Flower Color:
Light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less
This pleasant little perennial, used for ground cover in shady places spreads by rhizomes, making slender, branched 4-12 inch shoots with whorls of narrow, deep green, stiffly hairy leaves. These give off a sweet, grassy fragrance when crushed. The plants are decorated in spring and summer by open clusters of small, pure white flowers. Shade, reasonably well drained, non-alkaline soil, moderate to regular watering. Hardy to below 0 degrees F.