Galium odoratum (Ladies-in-the-hay)

Full Shade
Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type:
Most Types

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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

All our plants are supplied in 9x10cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. We do not sell 'plug plants' because those need to be grown on before planting. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant. We grow everything we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside.