• Irish name: Rus moileas

  • Scientific name: Galium odaratum

The beautifully scented gallium odarata, commonly known as woodruff, grows in damp places like shady woodlands. They bloom from May to June, bearing small clusters of white scented flowers. The margins of the leaves are edged with tiny bristles. When the plant is dried, it could be used in pot-pourri. Years ago people added the dried foliage between sheets and hence the other name woodruff which is of the family rubiaceae, is also known as bedstraw.