Sweet woodruff. The common name is derived from the sweet-smelling leaves and stems that give off a hay-like aroma when dried. A low-spreading perennial that blooms in spring and summer, it has been cultivated since the Middle Ages to flavor May wine. Stems reach 6-12” high and feature star-shaped, white flowers above whorled leaves. Plant in light to deep shade and in loose, moist soils with regular to abundant water. Spreads rapidly with adequate water. The dark green, aromatic foliage adds a rich woodland effect to shaded situations. Hardy to below 0F. Europe, North Africa.