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Galium odoratum

Phonetic Spelling
GAL-ee-um oh-dor-AY-tum
Description

Low maintenance, 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 tolerate heavy shade and even being planted near black walnuts.  Can be somewhat aggressive 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 potpourri or sachets.  This plant has been used commercially in perfumes.  The white flowers are showy, fragrant and edible. They have a sweet, nutty, vanilla flavor. Flowers can have a blood-thinning effect if eaten in large amounts.

Play Value:  Wildlife Enhancement

Notes:  Potentially invasive

Covered in hooked bristles in summer 

Seed:  Capsule

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant#showy flowers#fragrant flowers#white flowers#herbs#fragrant leaves#edible flowers#playground#fragrant foliage#culinary herb#children's garden#edible garden#edible leaves
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant#showy flowers#fragrant flowers#white flowers#herbs#fragrant leaves#edible flowers#playground#fragrant foliage#culinary herb#children's garden#edible garden#edible leaves
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Galium
    Species:
    odoratum
    Family:
    Rubiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Play Value:
    Fragrance
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Ground Cover
    Herb
    Perennial
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Fruit is covered in Hooked Bristles
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fragrant
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Edible Garden