Galium - Large for underplanting
This low-growing forest herb with small white flowers belongs to the rennet family. Galium has a hay-like smell, especially when it has just rained. In the past, the plant was hung over the beds of newborn babies to drive away evil spirits. It prefers the shade, but grows almost everywhere, whether under a tree or a shrub. In May, the herb blooms with flat, umbellate white flowers.
True woodruff as a herb
As a medicinal plant, woodruff is used to make syrup and is also a well-known herb in homeopathic medicine. It is said to have a vasodilatory, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic effect. The typical smell is due to the ingredient coumarin. When the flowers of the woodruff are faded, they smell like toffee. Because of this smell, it has the botanical epithet 'odoratum', which means 'fragrant'.
Scented Galium in deciduous forest
The usually evergreen woodland plant Galium 'odoratum' stays low to the ground and grows 10 to 20 cm high. Through underground rhizomes, the plant slowly spreads into a carpet, Ideal ground cover. Woodruff is very suitable for gardens with several mature Bäume and shrubs, where the Galium is used as ground cover underplanting. Sweet woodruff has a natural look and combines well with Hostas or Vinca minor
Buy real woodruff
We recommend buying about 12 plants for a square metre of planting area and about 4 - 5 plants for a running metre.
Our plants are grown in pots, so you can use the Galium 'odoratum' - real woodruff all year round.