sweet woodruff

noun

: 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

Keep scrolling for more

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Low-growing plants often used as ground covers include Canadian wild-ginger, sweet woodruff, bishop’s wort (Epimedium) and spotted dead-nettle (Lamium maculatum). Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, 15 May 2022 Some ideas include sweet woodruff, hostas, ferns, bleeding heart, rhododendron, wild geranium, violets, trillium and hardy cyclamen. oregonlive, 24 July 2021 Hostas and ferns are popular choices, along with lungwort (Pulmonaria), Siberian bugloss (Brunnera), Canadian wild ginger (Asarum canadense), sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum) and bishop’s hat (Epimedium). Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, 28 Aug. 2019 There really is quite a selection of plants that will work in your situation: sweet woodruff, hostas, ferns, bleeding heart, rhododendron, hydrangea, wild geranium, violets, trillium, hardy cyclamen. oregonlive.com, 8 June 2019 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, 20 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sweet woodruff.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Keep scrolling for more

Word History

First Known Use

1800, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sweet woodruff was in 1800

Dictionary Entries Near sweet woodruff

Cite this Entry

“Sweet woodruff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweet%20woodruff. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on sweet woodruff

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ