Mowing around the area where you want sweet woodruff contained is generally sufficient to confine it. Sweet Woodruff grows 6-12 inches white flowers in partial to full shade that typically bloom in April or May. In sandy, nutrient poor soil it may need fertilization in early spring, but in most places it does not need fertilizer. Propagate by seed, cuttings, division or separation. Sweet woodruff can cause headaches, dizziness, blackouts, and possibly liver damage when used long-term or in large amounts. Sweet woodruff is a native plant from Europe, Africa, and Asia, but it grows throughout many regions of North America as well. Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum (L.) Scop.) Sweet woodruff has no major pests or diseases. Sweet woodruff, with its whorls of emerald green leaves and white starry flowers, is a welcome sight in late spring, and the foliage is attractive all season long. The "sweet" part of this delicate-looking beauty's name refers to the refreshing hay-like scent of its leaves and flowers. It makes a great groundcover for hard-to-plant dark corners of the landscape. Sweet woodruff contains a volatile oil that is made up of compounds such as hexanal, limonene, cineole, terpinene and borneol. Plant it where you can control it easily. Sweet woodruff can become invasive if given the right conditions. Health Benefits of Sweet Woodruff Sweet woodruff has been traditionally used to treat stomach disorders, gallbladder, heart, circulatory vessels, liver, lungs and … The leaves produce a light brown dye and the roots a … Sweet woodruff makes a big statement in the shade garden. Sweet woodruff, or Galium odoratum (formerly classified as Asperula odorata), is a low-maintenance perennial long cultivated in shady gardens. Sweet woodruff, Galium odoratum, is a hardy perennial species with a wide native range, including the UK. It’s a woodland plant that is often grown for ground … Researchers agree that sweet woodruff can be used for treating several diseases and disorders such as; heart irregularities, kidney problem, varicose veins, indigestion, swelling, liver disorder, migraine, uterine cramps, insomnia and menopausal problems. The plant typically blooms with white starry flowers in the late spring. Sweet Woodruff, Galium odoratum Pros: - Evergreen (at least in zone 6/7) - Beautiful light-green foliage with an interesting whorled shape. - Tall and thick enough to block out weeds is a creeping perennial plant in the Rubiaceae family, that thrives in the shade. Not enough is known about the safety of putting sweet woodruff on the skin. Sow the seeds in the spring (note that if your are saving the sweet woodruff seeds for the next year, then the current years crop of seed would be fully ripe in July/August, the percentage of seeds to germinate can be increased by exposing the seeds to the cold. That foliage stays clean and green throughout much of the year. In spring, the plants are smothered with white flowers and the foliage has a sweet, haylike fragrance. Another use for sweet woodruff is as a natural plant dye. When dried, the leaves smell pleasantly of new-mown hay, honey, and vanilla. Sweet Woodruff Leaf Whorl. The plant has a sweet, hay-like fragrance derived from coumarin. The aromatic intensity of woodruff intensifies when it is dried, making it a popular addition to sachets and potpourris. Sweet Woodruff can be used as an insect repellent. Sweet woodruff herb is used for prophylaxis and therapy of diseases and discomforts of the respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract, liver and gallbladder, as well as the kidney and urinary tract, also for circulatory disorders, venous complaints, weak veins, hemorrhoids, as an antiinflammatory and for dilation of the blood vessels. How To Plant Your Sweet Woodruff Plants. 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