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Galium odoratum

AlverAlver Posts: 14

I am looking for this plant but cannot find it.  If anyone can help I would be grateful.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,361

    Sweet woodruff is Gallium odoratum, try it by that name. It's a perennial ground cover for shade, somewhat invasive. Nice if you've got the space.

    Lady's bedstraw is Gallium verum, yellow and does best in sunny places.

    Hedge bedstraw is Gallium album  (or mollugo) a scrambler in grassland or hedges.

    What sort of soil/aspect have you got and where are you?

  • LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 3,797
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  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 870


    Mine is from seed from Chiltern Seeds (it's called asperula odorata).

    Came up quickly and 12 months later I now have a nice big patch of it, and will be splitting some up for another woodland area.

    Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey   
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,361

    asperula, yes, which is the old and which is the new name?

  • Asperula is a very old name for Galium odoratum.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,361

    Someone should tell Chiltern Seedsimage

  • AlverAlver Posts: 14

    I  live in Hampshire and want to grow Galium Odoratum to attract the elephant hawk moth.  I believe the hawk moth caterpillar will eat bedstraw (gallium), rosebay willow herb and fuchsia.  I know it eats fuchsia as I have had 6 caterpillars munching their way through my fuchsias this year

  • AlverAlver Posts: 14

    Well sorry to sy the EHMs never returned.

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