All plants are sold in at least 9cm pots, NOT tiny plug plants!

Galium odoratum


Plant Information

Aspect: Full Shade
Aspect: Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type: Most Types
Colour: White

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.

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.

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

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


  • All our plants are hardy and perennial (come back year after year) unless otherwise specified in the description.
  • Every plant we sell is sold established in at least a 9cm pot, although many are in bigger pots. Unlike some nurseries, we do not sell plug plants because these require ongoing care when you receive them. Our plants can be planted in your garden as soon as you receive them, or they can be left in their pots for several weeks until you are ready to plant them.
  • As we grow everything ourselves and cannot just buy more stock when levels are low, there will be times when certain varieties are unavailable until the next batch has grown on.
  • We are not technically 'organic' but, as far as possible, we limit the use of pesticides and chemicals. We are fortunate enough to be situated in the countryside and we enjoy the environment and natural world that surrounds us, so we do what we reasonably can to protect it.
  • For a limited time we are offering free delivery for orders over £50.
If you have any questions about our plants, please feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to help.