E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Galium odoratum (L.) Scop.
sweet woodruff (sweetscented bedstraw)
Rubiaceae (Madder family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a creeping rhizome; stems ascending to erect, several, branched, 4-angled, bristly at the nodes otherwise smooth, 15-45 cm tall.
Basal leaves few, soon deciduous; stem leaves in whorls of 6-10 (typically 8), oblanceolate, 1-veined, short-hairy on the margins and the veins beneath, 2.5-4 cm long.
Inflorescence a loose cluster of many stalked flowers; corollas funnel-shaped, white, 4-6 mm long, 4-lobed, the lobes about equal to the tubes.
Nutlets, 2, 2-3 mm long, with numerous, short, hooked bristles.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Disturbed sites; rare garden escape on S Vancouver Island and Saltspring Island; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Asperula odorata L.

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