One of the few herbs that prefers full shade. Plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed. Space plants 4-6″ apart in average to acidic soil that is evenly moist.
Grows well in containers or mixed pots. Plant height 4-8″. Attracts bees and butterflies.
Sweet Woodruff galium odoratum
Sweet Woodruff is one of the most unique and delightful herbs. It is a superb ornamental plant. Unlike most herbs, it thrives in the shade and makes one of the most beautiful ground covers under trees and in other protected areas. Sweet Woodruff has distinctive glossy star-shaped clusters of leaves that ring out from a central stem, and tiny, lacy white flowers with a vanilla scent.
Known as the ‘Waldmeister’ (master of the forest), in Germany, Sweet Woodruff is used to flavor May wine. This tradition of adding herbs to flavor wine may have may have come out of a practical need ~ the need to improve the taste of a thin and harsh-tasting early wine.