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This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: tolerates most but prefers moist, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May to July
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Some galiums have a reputation for being invasive, but this is one of the well behaved ones. Once established it will spread by underground rhizomes to make large clumps, which are invaluable for providing very pretty groundcover in a woodland or naturalised planting scheme. From late spring, small clusters of star-like, white flowers appear above the attractive, emerald green foliage. These flowers have a delicious scent and will attract lots of local bees looking for a treat. It will thrive in sun or dappled shade, however the foliage may become scorched in strong sun, especially if the soils are dry. After it has had a chance to settle in it will develop some tolerance to drought.
- Garden care: Lift and divide large clumps in autumn or early spring.