Asperula odorata
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Asperula odorata

sweet woodruff

  family rubiaceae 
  genus asperula 

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Genus  Asperula Species  odorata Variety  Cultivar  Common names  sweet woodruff Family  RUBIACEAE Specimen number  S8416 Data source  ColorNat p25;MedPl p172;Frgnt p194
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Prostrate Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The leaves of Asperula odorata have a mildly new mown hay-like aroma. The stems of Sweet woodruff as well as the leaves and the roots have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. Tan and tan are common colors produced with this plant. It is traditionally used to dye wool. (Alum is typically used as a mordant to fix the colors.)
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  tonic   diuretic   anti-inflammatory   antispasmodic   soporific Medicinal parts  Aerial parts Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  It can cause internal bleeding. Medicinal notes  Asperula odorata has traditionally been used in many herbal remedies including: as a tonic, as a diuretic, as an anti-inflammatory and as an antispasmodic. (More are listed in the medicinal properties section.) The plant parts used in herbal preparations are the aerial parts. It can cause internal bleeding.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  hay scented dried leaves Fragrance parts  Leaves Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  New-mown hay Dye parts  Stems   Leaves   Roots Dye color  tan,red
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes 

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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