Sweet Woodruff

Galium odoratum

Attractive, low, spreading groundcover or pathway edging for shady gardens and woodland settings that spreads quickly with rich soil and ample moisture. Leaves and stems have a vanilla-like fragrance when dried. An herbaceous perennial.
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Full shade, Partial shade

Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.

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Average Size at MaturityReaches 6 to 12 in. tall, spreading indefinitely by creeping roots.
Bloom TimeLate Spring and Summer
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseWoodland Garden, Edging, Dry Shade, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Shade Loving
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsWhite Pine (Pinus strobus); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Lenten Rose (Helleborus); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Foamy Bells (Tiarella); Coral Bells (Heuchera)

Provide average, moist, well-drained soil. Water regularly during the growing season to maintain evenly moist soil. Dry-shade tolerant, when well-established. Control weeds until plants have filled in. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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