Woodruff - Galium odoratum

Alternative names
Sweet Woodruff

A spreading, mat forming almost hairless plant with numerous stolons. Stems square, erect with a ring of hairs at each node. Leaves elliptical in whorls of 6 to 9 edged with tiny forward pointing prickles. Flowers white, 4 to 7 mm in lax heads.

Identification difficulty

Deciduous woodland and shady places.

When to see it

Late April to June.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in suitable locations throughout most of Britain.

VC55 Status

Locally frequent in woodland in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 42 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map