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Woodruff: the scented woodland bedstraw

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Woodruff: the scented woodland bedstraw

Woodruff (Galium odoratum) is also known as sweet woodruff because it has a strong scent, a scent that becomes stronger as the plant ages and dies, especially when dried. For this reason it is often used in pot-pourri and other perfumed products. This is the only woodland member of the bedstraw family that we have in this country; bedstraws are known as Gallium and so Galium odoratum means 'the scented bedstraw'. 

It does prefer shaded conditions on lime soils and so is especially likely to occur in broad-leaf woodlands. It is not common in Dorset but where it does occur it is likely to be common, indeed even abundant, as it can form large carpets.  It flowers from April through to June.

It has a wide range of uses other than in perfumery and in different areas of the world it is used as a sweet flavouring for various drinks and even ice cream, sherbet and jelly! Being an attractive flower it is also grown in gardens so this is a popular plant aesthetically, for it scent, its flavour and its appearance.


 

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