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Sweet Woodruff

Galium odoratum

Plant Data

Order:
Gentianales
Family:
Rubiaceae (Bedstraw)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Flowers in clusters. 4 tiny white lobed petals.
Fruit:
The fruit is globular and covered in hooked bristles, up to 4mm in diameter. They are borne solitary. The bristles help them to be dispersed as they cling on to clothing and animal fur as they pass by.
Leaves:
Carpet-forming. The leaves are in whorls of 6 to 8.
Maximum Size:
45cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves can be eaten, raw or cooked. The leaves can be used to flavour and make tea. The flowers can be eaten too.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Flowers are weakly aromatic.
Other Names:
Hay Plant, Herb Walter, Herb Walter, Kiss-me-quick, Lady's Needlework, Lady's-in-the-hay, Madder, Mugwet, Our Lady's Bedstraw, Our Lady's Lace, Sweet Grass, Sweet White Woodruff, Sweet-scented Bedstraw, Wood Rove, Woodward.
Habitats:
Farmland, hedgerows, meadows, scrub, wasteland, woodland.