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Galium odoratum (Sweet Woodruff) Herb Plant


Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum) Herb in 9cm Pot 

Galium odoratum syn. Asperula odorata, is a flowering hardy perennial plant in the family Rubiaceae, native to Europe, North Africa and Western Asia. A herbaceous plant, it grows to 15-30 high with a spread of 30–50 cm. It is a woodland plant and will make a great ground-cover for a shady area including under trees and shrubs, great planted in a drift.  It's common names include woodruff, sweet woodruff, and wild baby's breath; master of the woods would be a literal translation of the German Waldmeister. It is sometimes confused with Galium triflorum and Galium verum. Sweet Woodruff has clusters of tiny white flowers which appear in Spring set off by whorls of pointed leaves on square stems it is a pretty ground-cover plant and has a lovely delicate scent. It likes a rich-moist soil but well drained and shade, it is drought tolerant once established. 

Herb Usage

Sweet Woodruff was traditionally used when dry to scatter on the floor of musty rooms, as it drys it's sweet smell intensifies , it is similar to newly mown hay, and is often used in pot-pourri. 

Buy Sweet Woodruff Online

Our potted Sweet Woodruff herb plants are generally available to buy online between March and September.


Galium odoratum (Sweet Woodruff) Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Partial shade/Shade
Soil Type Moisture retentive soil
Flower Colour White
Height 50cm
Spread 50cm
Latin Name Galium odoratum syn. Asperula odorata
Hardiness RHS rating H6 - Hardy - very cold winter
Culinary Desserts/Drinks
Scented Foliage
Medicinal/Cosmetic Teas and Tissanes
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Summer
Special Features Ground Cover
Type of Garden Cottage/Informal
  • 5

    Posted by Kate Atkinson on 11th May 2023

    Excellent condition, lovely herb

  • 5
    Sweet Woodruff

    Posted by A Goodwin on 19th Apr 2023

    I was delighted with these beautiful little plants. I was overwhelmed by how healthy and alive they were and so well packaged. I shall most definately be using this company again...I have tried several online nurseries and this is by far the best. The plants were planted immediately and are thriving!

  • 5
    Excellent quality and service

    Posted by Sal on 29th Mar 2023

    Excited to have promptly received my order this morning containing my Sweet Woodruff. Securely packaged, a great quality established plant (far better than expected especially early in the year). Purchased as its a low growing plant suitable for shady areas and I've been watching far too many episodes of The Great British Menu :D

  • 5
    Great Quality

    Posted by Suzanne Prestwood on 28th Jun 2021

    Been looking for Woodruff for some time. It arrived in amazing condition, well hydrated and safe within the box. Fantastic job you're doing!

  • 5
    Sweet Woodruff

    Posted by Dee on 24th Mar 2021

    The service was very good and plants came quickly. The plant itself was in very good condition and packed very well.

  • 5
    Excellent quality

    Posted by Sharyn Hedge on 19th May 2020

    Very healthy, good-sized plants that have made a lovely addition to my garden. Very well packed and speedily despatched, too.