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Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum)

Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum)
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Seed quantity:
50 Pcs.
Botanical name:
A. zangezurensis, Asperula odorata, Asterophyllum sylvaticum, Chlorostemma odoratum, G. matrisylva, Galium odoratum


Sweet woodruff grows in shady deciduous forests. It is a medicinal and spice plant used for desserts and, most famously, for May wine. To obtain the typical flavor, the herb is harvested before flowering and then allowed to wither slightly.

Galium odoratum, approx 50 sweet woodruff seeds
Sowing and cultivation

The perennial sweet woodruff needs cold to germinate. The seeds should either be sown in the fall outdoors or some kind of cold treatment must be carried out before sowing. This can be done by mixing the seeds with a little slightly moist sand (in a zip bag, for example) and first keep them warm for 2-4 weeks (15-20 °C), then for 4-6 weeks at 0-4 ° C. After that the seed can be sown. Galium odoratum likes partial shade.

Details: Plant description & care

Plant family:
Plant height approx.:
10–50 cm
Root system :
Flower colour:
Flowering period :
April, June, May
Partially shady, Shade
Water requirements:
Moderately moist
Lifecycle :
Perennial, Vivacious
Winter hardy up to:
–20 °C

Sowing & cultivation

Sowing time outdoors:
October, September
Sowing depth:
1 cm
Best germination temperature :
5 – 12 °C
Main harvest:
April, May

Companion planting

Other names

German names:
Duftlabkraut, Gliederkraut, Halskräutlein, Herzensfreund, Herzfreude, Leberkraut, Maikraut, Maitee, Mäschtee, Sternleberkraut, Waldmanntee, Waldmeister, Waldmännchen, Waldtee, Wohlriechendes Labkraut
English names:
, Master of the woods, Sweet woodruff, Sweetscented bedstraw, Wild baby's breath, Woodruff
French names:
Aspérule odorante, Belle–étoile, Gaillet odorant, Petit Muguet, Reine–des–bois, Thé suisse
Spanish names:
Asperilla, Asperilla de los bosques, Asperilla olorosa, Asperillo, Asperula olorosa, Aspérula olorosa, Bregandia, Hepática estrellada, Hierba de la opilada, Reina de los bosques, Rubia menor, Rubilla, Ruina de los bosques
Italian names:
Asperula, Stellina odorosa


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