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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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30 May, 2015

Woodruff: the scented woodland bedsraw | Nature Notes from Dorset

Woodruff (Galium odoratum) is also known as sweet woodruff because it has a strong scent, a scent that becomes stronger as the plant ages and dies, especially when dried. For this reason it is often used in pot-pourri and other perfumed products. This is the only woodland member of the bedstraw family that we have in this country; bedstraws are known as Gallium and so Galium odoratum means 'the scented bedstraw'. 
It does prefer shaded conditions on lime soils and so is especially likely to occur in broad-leaf woodlands. It is not common in Dorset but where it does occur it is likely to be common, indeed even abundant, as it can form large carpets.  It flowers from April through to June

Read more: Woodruff: the scented woodland bedsraw | Nature Notes from Dorset