A popular woodland groundcover, sweet woodruff is a low-growing, herbaceous perennial native to Europe, North Africa and Russia.
This fast-growing plant displays tiny, white, star-shaped flowers in late spring to mid-summer. Its attractive whorls of bright green leaves have a distinctive sweet taste when they first emerge in spring and are used to flavor May wine, a popular herbal wine enjoyed in Germany. Only newly unfurled foliage may be used for this purpose.
Sweet woodruff grows best in sites with moist, humus-rich soil and dappled shade. Enjoy it in any informal shaded garden.
Info source: http://learn2grow.com/plants/galium-odoratum/
Genus - Galium
Species - Odoratum
Common name - Sweet Woodruff
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 8
Height - 0,15 - 0,30 m
Spread - 0,30 - 0,90 m
Plant type - Perennial herb
Exposure - Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acid, neutral
Soil type - Loam
Water requirements - Average, high
Landscape uses - Groundcover, Herb/Vegetable, Mixed Border, Wildflower
Bloom season - May - August
Leaf / Flower color - Green / White
Seeds needs to be short cold/moist stratify before sowing.
Mix the seeds with sterile moist sand or vermiculite, lock in zip-lock bag and keep in refrigerator at +4C for 2-4 weeks.
No stratification required if seeds sown directly in to soil in end of October - November.
After stratification sow on the surface as light is required for germination.
Temperature for germination: +16-20C. Average germination time: 30-60 days. Keep soil moist until germination.
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