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Galium odoratum, commonly called sweet woodruff, is a mat-forming perennial that is most often grown as a ground cover in shady areas.
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Description for Galium odoratum
Plant height: 3 - 6 inches
Galium odoratum, sweetscented bedstraw, is a flowering perennial plant in the family Rubiaceae, native to much of Europe from Spain and Ireland to Russia, as well as Western Siberia, Turkey, Iran, the Caucasus, China and Japan.
Common name(s): sweet woodruff,sweetscented bedstraw
Flower colours: green
Bloom time: April to May
Max reachable height: 0.50 to 1.00 feet
Difficulty to grow: easy to grow
Planting and care
Image result for sweet woodruff how to grow and care To direct sow sweet woodruff, in early spring simply spread the seeds over the area that you wish to grow them and lightly cover the area with sifted soil or peat moss. Then water the area. To start sweet woodruff indoors, spread the seeds evenly in the growing container and lightly cover the top with peat moss.
Sunlight: Part shade to full shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Water: Medium to wet
Temperature: 70 degree F
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
Caring for Galium odoratum
To start sweet woodruff indoors, spread the seeds evenly in the growing container and lightly cover the top with peat moss. Water the container and then place it into your refrigerator for two weeks. After you have chilled the sweet woodruff seeds, place them in a cool, lighted area (50 F. (10 C.).
Typical uses of Galium odoratum
Special features: Useful in herb gardens, rock gardens, naturalized areas, shady borders or as a ground cover or edging plant.
Culinary use: The agreeable odour of Sweet Woodruff is due to a crystalline chemical principle called Coumarin, which is used in perfumery, not only on account of its own fragrance, but for its property of fixing other odours. It is the odorous principle also present in melilot, tonka beans, and various other plants belonging to the orders Leguminosae, Graminae and Orchidaceae.
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