Friday, June 4, 2010

Sweet woodruff

Sweet woodruff is a sweet groundcover that grows in my shady garden.  It supposedly will not grow here but it does, and quite happily.  It does pretty much die back when it gets really hot, but it is right back in the spring.  I think it does best as it does here, growing under and around the other plants, not just out by itself.  The sweet little flowers really have no scent until they dry and then are quite sweetly and strongly scented.  During the middle ages woodruff was used as a strewing herb to sweeten the odor of the home.  It also was used in wines and evidently still is used in something called May wine, which is a white wine punch with fruits and these flowers. 

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