Gallium odoratum6" 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)
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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.