- Common Name(s):
- Sweet scented bed straw, Sweet woodruff
- Edible Plants, Groundcover, Herbs, Perennials
Low maintanance, herbaceous perennial groundcover blooms in the spring.
Useful in herb gardens, rock gardens, naturalized areas, shady borders or as a ground cover or edging plant. They tolorate heavy shade and even being planted near black walnuts. Can be somewhat agressive under optimal growing conditions. Plants can be mowed with a rotary mower set high if necessary to maintain growth.
Lance-shaped dark green leaves form whorls of 6-8 around, squarish stems. The foliage smells of freshly mowed hay when crushed. The aromatic properties increase when the leaves are dried so they are often used in potpouri or sachets. This plant has been used commercialy in perfumes. The flowers are showy, fragrant and edible.
Play Value: Wildlife Enhancement
Notes: Potentially invasive
Covered in hooked bristles in summer
- spring, summer
- Partial shade
- 6-12 inches
- 12 in.
- Flower Color:
- ground cover
- moist, well-drained soil
- Flowers and leaves dried for tea or cold fruit drinks. Leaves are also used to make May wine, a punch made from white wine flavored with woodruff, orange and pineapple.
NCCES plant id: 398