April 23, 2017

Playing the Blues

Asperula orientalis - blue woodruff

Janine Pineo Photo | Asperula orientalis – blue woodruff

Asperula orientalis is a sweet annual commonly known as blue woodruff. Similar to the perennial sweet woodruff, this herb grows a foot or so in height and is topped by clusters of tiny trumpet-shaped flowers in a cool shade of powder blue. The leaf arrangement brings to mind lupine foliage, with its palmate arrangement. The flowers have a delicate fragrance and are good as cut flowers. It can be grown in full sun or light shade, preferring not to dry out.

Asperula orientalis - blue woodruff

Janine Pineo Photo | Asperula orientalis – blue woodruff