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Sweet Woodruff

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Our Price: $6.95
ZONE: 3 - 8
EXPOSURE: Part Shade to Shade
SIZE: 6"H x 8"S
BLOOM: White, Early Summer

Availability: In Stock

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Sweet Woodruff Plants

Galium odoratum

Sweet Woodruff is aptly named - a sweet, well-mannered little herb that works well as a herbal ground cover. Sweet Woodruff has glossy dark green leaves and small star-shaped white flowers. Flowers are delicately scented and bloom in May and June.

Plants emit a strong odor of fresh hay and vanilla when foliage is crushed or cut. Sweet Woodruff is an aromatic herb with foliage even more fragrant when dried. Thus, dried leaves are popularly used in sachets or potpourris. Sweet Woodruff is also a moth repellent and works wonderfully in closets and drawers to ward off insects while infusing your clothing with its sweet scent.

In Germany, Sweet Woodruff is one of the ingredients in May wine, a traditional wine made to celebrate the Spring season. Sweet Woodruff also has medicinal value. When brewed into a tea, Sweet Woodruff aids in digestion and is a natural remedy for insomnia. The plant contains sedative, antispasmodic and laxative properties that have been appreciated in traditional medicine for centuries.

Fragrant ground covers are a wonderful addition to any garden. Try planting Sweet Woodruff along with other low light covers such as Catmint (Nepeta) and Feverfew.

Zones: 3 - 8

Size: 6"H x 8"S

Light: Part Shade to Shade

Bloom: White, Early Summer

Uses: Sweet Woodruff is a highly aromatic, quickly spreading herb that creates a great ground cover. Prized for its sweet vanilla like scent, Sweet Woodruff retains its smell long after being cut and dried and makes a great addition to potpourris and wreaths. A natural moth repellent, Sweet Woodruff can also be placed in drawers and closets to sweeten laundry and keep pests away.

Tips: Harvest Sweet Woodruff immediately after it blooms for the best scent retention if you are using this fragrant herb in potpourris and herb satchels.

Does Not Grow Well Indoors!

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 5 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Sweet woodruff June 25, 2018
Reviewer: Susan Springer from Thurmont, MD United States  
The plants arrived exceptionally well packed and healthy.  I am really pleased and enjoying them!

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Sweet Woodruff June 25, 2018
Reviewer: Pat from Norfork, AR United States  
Really nice plant.  Has taken off well.  Great products!

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  6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
Bit of a runner November 2, 2015
Reviewer: Teri from Knoxville, TN  
I used Sweet Woodruff between the patio flagstones and it took off like a race horse. The conditions are tough - heavy clay, perpetual shade and no supplemental water - but it still flourishes. Not much bloom but lots of small leaf greenery which is easy to pull if it gets too carried away.

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  6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
sweet woodruff January 21, 2013
Reviewer: carol henn from allison park, PA United States  
Sweet Woodruff is an excellent herb. I planted it in a pot last spring (2012) and then transfered it to my garden in the fall. By the summer it had filled the entire pot and I had absolutely no trouble with it all year. All the herbs I ordered from Growers Exchange came in great condition and were very well packaged.I will order more herbs and plants this year.

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  5 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
Easy and hardy January 14, 2013
Reviewer: Susan from Charleston, SC United States  
I planted Sweet Woodruff in a large pot and it did well all spring, summer and fall.  It has died back a bit in the winter but is still green.  Grew profusely and even in the hot dry weather, it was easy to maintain. Looked wonderful with some flowers blooming in the pot as well.

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