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Galium odoratum


One of the finer ground covers for shade though it is a little taller than some of the traditional ground cover plants.  The leaves are shaped like a tiny Lupine leaf and the flowers are tiny and white.  Leaves are bright green and have a vanilla fragrance.


Common Name: Sweet Woodruff
Botanical Name: Galium odoratum
Type: Perennial
Soil Preference: Galium does best in partial to full shade in moist, acidic, well-drained soil. Though it will survive in drier soils, it may become ragged by late summer, so moist soil is preferable.
Light Requirements: Galium does best in partial to full shade in moist, acidic, well-drained soil. 
Attributes: Good for the rock garden, woodland garden, naturalizing and as a ground cover.  Fast growth rate.  Will grow in moist soil.  Has a spicy aroma and is often sold as a dried herb. 
Pests: Aphids
Diseases: Powdery Mildew, Root Rot, Rust, Leaf Spot
  Snowdrop Anemone, Heartleaf Brunnera, Bugleweed, Lady's Mantle, Woodland Phlox
Care: Light mulching is needed in our area.  Plant in a shady area as too much sun will cause the leaves to scorch.  Divide in fall or spring. This is a quickly spreading groundcover, but it can easily be kept in bounds.

Planting Instructions:  Perennials



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Galium odoratum
Sweet Woodruff
zones 5-9
Description:  A great, fast growing carpeting plant  with abundant white flowers in spring and summer. Full sun will cause the leaves to scorch.
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Spring and Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 6-8"
Spread: Spreading

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