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6th January 2021. In line with the current government lockdown rules, Burncoose Nurseries is closed to visitors. However at present we are able to offer click and collect to local customers. This will be weekdays only, not weekends. Mail order is continuing as normal. However please allow extra time for the couriers to deliver, once despatched from us. Sorry to say that some depots are experiencing high volumes of traffic, also staff shortages.

Galium - Growing Guide

Growing Galium odoratum

Sweet woodruff, Sweet scented bedstraw

This is a low growing, and widely spreading, rhizomatous perennial which grows, as a carpet, to around 18in in height. It has upright stems topped with circles or whorls of six to nine lance shaped emerald green leaves 1-2in long with prickles on the edges. The flowers are star shaped, white, and scented in small cymes or clusters from late spring to midsummer.

G. odoratum may be invasive, but it is an excellent garden or woodland groundcover plant which is perfectly hardy in our climate and grows in the wild in Europe and Russia. Bees are attracted to the flowers and the leaves have a hay scent when cut and dried.

These plants may scorch in full sun and are best grown in shade under other plants where the ground is fairly bare and weed free anyway. Propagation is by simple division of the expanding clumps when dormant.


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