Scientific Name: Galium odorata
Plant Characteristics: Sweet Woodruff is a perennial ground cover with small white star-shaped flowers.
Aromatic: Colonists mainly used Sweet Woodruff as a strewing herb, laying the plant on the floor to improve the smell of a room for special occasions, such as festivals, weddings, and funerals. Flower stalks were also hung up as air fresheners.
Fun Fact: Unlike many other plants, Sweet Woodruff’s strong scent increases, rather than decreases, as the plant wilts. The plant also retains its scent when dried, making it an excellent ingredient in potpourri. Sweet Woodruff was also used as a moth deterrent.