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Hierochloe odorata (L.) Beauv.
Sweetgrass, Vanilla grass, Sweet grass
USDA Symbol: HIOD
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Vanilla grass or sweet grass is an erect, slender, sweet-smelling grass, 12-20 in. tall., with small seedheads bearing broad, bronze-colored spikelets. The grass spreads by creeping rhizomes which send up few to several leafy shoots. This is a perennial.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun
CT , DE , MA , ME , NH , NY , RI , VT Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
Transcontinental Canada, s. to MD, KY, IA, SD, AZ & OR Native Habitat:
Moist meadows; swales; fresh or brackish shores USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N),
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Wet soils.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Fragrant Foliage: yes
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
- Westfield, WI
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
North American Native Plant Society
- Etobicoke, ON
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Record Modified: 2012-07-31
Research By: TWC Staff