sweet woodruff


Definition of sweet woodruff

: a small Eurasian and North African sweet-scented herb (Galium odoratum synonym Asperula odorata) of the madder family that has small white flowers and is used especially in perfumery and for flavoring wine

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Other perennials, bulbs and ground covers: Bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis); sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum); snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis); hellebore (Helleborus); barrenwort (Epimedium); daylily (Hemerocallis); daffodil (Narcissus). Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Many plants die when grown near black walnut trees. These are the ones that survive.," 20 June 2018

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1800, in the meaning defined above

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