Sweet Woodruff, Hay Plant, Moth-Herb, Master-of-the-Woods
Moist, well-drained, humusy
Deer resistant, Xeriscape
Use: Sweet woodruff can be used in potpourris, sachets, perfumes, for scenting linens, and as an insect repellent. The plant can be used for an aromatic backing for herbal wreaths. The foliage gives off the scent of new-mown hay when dried. Caution: The mowed hay scent is due to coumarin which is a liver toxin. Drinking large amounts of sweet woodruff tea can cause dizziness, vomiting, and headaches. Ornamental: Sweet woodruff is a good plant for natural or woodland gardens. It is perfect for the understory of trees and shrubs and along pathways. Culture: Sweet woodruff can be cut whenever needed. The plants may seem dormant during the hot summer, but will perk up during cooler weather in fall.