Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum)-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Sweet Woodruff
Galium odoratum

Sweet Woodruff
Sweet Woodruff
Small, white flowers in spring and fine textured foliage for the remainder of the season. Crushed foliage smells like newly mown hay. 
Partial to full shade. Prefers a moist, well drained soil. Soil should not dry out or the plant may begin to die back. Grows well under trees. 
Mature Height
6-12 Inches
USDA Hardiness Zone
4 - 8 
Bloom Color
Bloom Season
April - May
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Foliage Color
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Additional Notes
Growth rate is medium.


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