Sweet Woodruff


Sweet Woodruff

Gallium odoratum 6" tall. Also called Master of the Woods.

In late spring tiny white star-shaped flowers appear above compact whorls of fragrant glossy green leaves. Fresh foliage smells like new-mown hay; dried leaves hold a sweet inviting vanilla scent.

Traditionally used in Germany to make Maiwein or May Wine, a refreshing alcoholic punch drunk in celebration of fertility and the spirits of the forest. In the Middle Ages it was often mixed with oatstraw and hyssop as a strewing mix for scenting floors.

Seeds ripen from July to August. A useful and vigorous groundcover for partially shaded moist areas with slightly acidic soil. Spreads by underground rhizomes, so think twice before you plant it in a formal flower border. Best used for edging pathways, as an underplanting in the shrubbery, or for naturalizing the wilder parts of the garden. Z4. (2" plugs)

699 Sweet Woodruff
Item Discounted
L699A: 2 for $9.75
sold out for orders received after 11/18/20
L699B: 4 for $16.75
sold out for orders received after 11/18/20
L699C: 6 for $22.50
sold out for orders received after 11/18/20
** Small & Light shipping applies if you order only items with stock numbers beginning with "L".
Click here for a complete list of qualifying items.
Log in
to start or resume an order

Additional Information

Herbaceous Perennial Plants

When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. If they are slightly dry, add a little water or, if they are going to be potted up soon, wet the roots. Generally, a little surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. If you cannot pot them up immediately, store them in a cool (35–40°) location for a short time.

Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors.

Pot up the rootstock using well-drained potting mix in a deep 6" pot or a 1-gallon container. Avoid coiling the roots in under-sized containers.
Grow newly potted perennials for a few weeks in a protected location in indirect light at 50–60°. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting.
Transplant outside once they show some top growth and the danger of frost has passed.

For more info:
About planting bare-root perennials.