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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