Galium odoratum (Ladies-in-the-hay)

Full Shade
Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type:
Most Types

Plant Details

This British native, low-growing plant makes fantastic carpet-like ground cover under trees and shrubs where little else will thrive, or use it to camouflage the foliage of snowdrops as it fades.

Small clusters of star-like, white flowers appear above the attractive, emerald green foliage in spring. The flowers have a delicious scent and will attract lots of local bees.

Hay scented foliage when dry - perfect for pot-pourri or a herb pillow.

Drought tolerant when established.

Common name(s): Sweet Woodruff, Hay plant, Blood cup, Kiss-me-quick, Ladies-in-the-hay, Lady's Needlework, Master of the Woods, Sweet Grass, Witherips

Myth and Legend

Among the various powers attributed to this plant is apparently the ability to attract wealth and prosperity.

If carried in a leather pouch [why must it be leather?!], it will also help to protect against harm and ward off evil spirits.


Picture: Hajotthu [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons