Herbs forum: Anyone grow Woodruff?

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Name: Connie
Edmonton, Alberta area (Canada (Zone 3a)
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conniepr27
May 21, 2016 10:34 AM CST
I bought Woodruff for the first time this week, for my shade garden. Anyone else have it in their gardens? Could you share a picture of it? I googled the images, but still curious about this cute little plant. Says it spreads a bit. Curious about what it will do.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
May 22, 2016 9:29 AM CST
Which Woodruff do you have?
I have grown it in the past----the white flowered one.
This year I was trying for seedlings of Blue Woodruff,
but not sure of their status now? (Asperula orientalis)
I think the blue is an annual here, but the white one was perennial.
Name: Connie
Edmonton, Alberta area (Canada (Zone 3a)
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conniepr27
May 22, 2016 11:41 AM CST
It's a Sweet Woodruff and the tag shows white flowers. Here's a pic of it in the new flowerbed beside a small hosta.

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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
May 24, 2016 7:36 AM CST
They are a good ground cover for shade,
and I do not recall that it spreads too much.
Should be a nice addition to your garden.
Name: Lauri
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lauribob
May 24, 2016 7:53 AM CST
I grow it in a garden on the shady side of my house. It's a well behaved ground cover that has spread at a moderate rate for me. Here is a photo of it in bloom with a hosta just emerging. I planted this in 2013 from a single 4" pot and it covers an area of a couple square feet now.

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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
May 24, 2016 7:55 AM CST
I just realized, I don't have any Sweet Woodruff in my garden right now. Have to look for it again.
I grew up with the wonderful scent of this plant, called Waldmeister in German. Waldmeister flavored Soda, Ice Cream and definitely Jello come to mind. adults would prepare around May a Waldmeisterbowle, which is a Punch infused with Sweet Woodruff.
https://spoonfulsofgermany.com/2015/05/09/mays-sweetest-herb...
I would just have it in my garden and crush the leaves and smell them. Smiling I love the stuff!!
Name: Connie
Edmonton, Alberta area (Canada (Zone 3a)
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conniepr27
May 25, 2016 6:21 AM CST
Thanks for your responses. All in all, I think this might have turned out to be a good five bucks spent! It's looking nice where I placed it and I think I saw some flower heads starting yesterday. Smiling
Name: Lauri
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lauribob
May 25, 2016 10:08 AM CST
Ursula - Thanks for the link! I think I will channel my inner German and try one of those recipes. I didn't know it was edible, but I too love the smell of it.
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
May 25, 2016 11:51 AM CST
Do enjoy! Smiling
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
May 28, 2016 8:13 AM CST
I don't think Sweet Woodruff is edible.
It is only used as a flavoring in some alcoholic drinks.
It is supposed to smell somewhat like vanilla when it is dried, and added to potpourri .
Name: Lauri
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lauribob
May 28, 2016 8:24 AM CST
Caroline - I followed the link Ursula posted to some recipes to flavor ice cream, jello, and beverages. It sounds like only a very small amount is used, much like using lavender for flavoring rather than tossing it in a salad!
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
May 28, 2016 8:46 AM CST
If I may Smiling - it doesn't smell anywhere near like Vanilla, perhaps a super intensified scent of grass clippings comes a bit closer. It really has its own unique scent.
And yes, it certainly is not being eaten as is, I would read on how to use it, carefully for sure.
Name: Connie
Edmonton, Alberta area (Canada (Zone 3a)
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conniepr27
May 28, 2016 11:38 AM CST
I'm going to have to break a leaf and smell it. I know we'll never use it this way; bought it for it's look in the shade garden. We never use the mint either. But that's okay.

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