Sweet Woodruff

doucanoeMay 5, 2007

I picked some up today and have seen mixed reviews on it in my searches. Some claim it is extremely invasive, some say it is not. Looks like it is a pest in warmer climates, but possibly manageable here? I have lots of shade, heavy clay soil, and several spots I could let it go nuts if it so chose.

Anyone here have any experience with it that they could share before I settle on a spot to plant it?


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luvmydaisies(Lonsdale, MN/ zone4)

I have sweet woodruff in an area that receives some am sun, but not much. I have had it for four years now and it has not gotten out of control, yet. But if it does I guess I will be able to share.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2007 at 9:42PM
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I've tried growing sweet woodruff two years in a row, and both years it died out over the winter. I guess it being invasive hasn't been a problem for me, unfortunately!

    Bookmark   May 5, 2007 at 10:14PM
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birdwing(z4 MN)

I planted a bunch in different shady spots last summer and it's barely hanging
on..my mom has quite a bit in her shady yard but it doesn't seem invasive.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2007 at 11:42PM
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Great, thanks! Based on that info I am going to put it in a great spot in my garden!

Then we'll see if I still have it next year, huh? LOL


    Bookmark   May 6, 2007 at 9:10AM
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It's a spreader for sure, but it stops at the sun for me. Mine is along the east side of the house and has taken over all available soil. It works through hosta and around other perennials with no negative effect. My woodruff fails when it encounters the south side of the house where the sun is stronger.

I've had it in the same spot for years. It marches under everything. Right now it is at its most beautiful with fresh, green leaves and little white flowers. A great little plant.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2007 at 10:42AM
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a spreader in my yard. just planted it last year in full shade and under a maple, and this spring it's doubled in size...

    Bookmark   May 6, 2007 at 6:42PM
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It doesn't last for me. I think it wants a bit more moisture and less competition.


    Bookmark   May 6, 2007 at 10:08PM
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