Asperula gussonii
Common Name: woodruff 
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Rubiaceae
Native Range: Sicily
Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 0.25 to 0.25 feet
Spread: 0.50 to 0.75 feet
Bloom Time: May to June
Bloom Description: Pinkish white
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy
Tolerate: Deer


Best grown in rocky, well-drained, dry to medium moisture soils in full sun. Grows well in scree or tufa rock. Susceptible to root rot in moist, poorly drained soils, particularly in winter.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Asperula gussonii, sometimes called woodruff, is a cushiony, low-growing, woody-based, tufted plant which typically grows to 3" tall and spreads to 8" wide. Features tiny grayish green (glaucous) leaves (to 1/2") in whorls of 4 and terminal clusters of tiny pinkish-white flowers which bloom in late spring.

Genus name comes from the diminutive of asper meaning "rough" in reference to the rough stems some species..

Specific epithet honors Italian botanist and physician Giovanni Gussone (1787-1866).


No serious insect or disease problems.


Rock gardens or ground cover for small rocky areas.