Galium odoratum is an herbaceous, mat-forming perennial native to Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia. The plant is known for its scent which is reminiscent of vanilla. Because of its pleasing aromatics, sweet woodruff is often added to herbal sachets, potpourris, and perfumes. It even has a history of use dating back to the Middle Ages as a strewing herb and was placed on floors and hung on rafters to impart a sweet, hay-like aroma. Sweet woodruff herb can also be used in herbal teas and infusions.
Sweet Woodruff grows 6-12 inches white flowers in partial to full shade that typically bloom in April or May. The plant has a sweet, hay-like fragrance derived from coumarin. The aromatic intensity of woodruff intensifies when it is dried, making it a popular addition to sachets and potpourris. Sweet woodruff plants have also been used commercially in perfumes. The leaves are used to flavor teas and cold fruit drinks. The flowers (usually fresh) are used in the preparation of May wine (called "Maiwein" or "Maibowle" in German), which is a punch made from white wine flavored with woodruff, orange and pineapple and sweetened with a little sugar.
Sweet woodruff also goes by the names of sweet-scented bedstraw and simply, woodruff. It is a member of the Rubiaceae family.
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