Hierochloe odorata (Sweetgrass) [10 Seeds]

$4.75

Germination Information: The easiest way to get started with sweetgrass to purchase a plant, if you can find it for sale. I don’t suggest trying these unless you really want to try to grow this grass and are willing to accept that you may have to wait a long time for seedlings.

My own experience with starting sweetgrass began with the purchase of 10 seeds. I surface-sowed them (pressed into the surface of the growing medium) on January 9 and set the pot outdoors. One seedling appeared on April 5, and another on April 21. I left the pot in my nursery area to see if anything else would come up, and I did get several more seedlings over the course of the next few months. By the end of the summer, I had five seedlings total. So, based on my experience, I’d recommend sowing in a pot in fall or winter for germination in spring and summer. I have read, however, that the seeds may also germinate if started in warm, bright conditions and kept evenly moist. I can’t say first-hand if that will work; it’s your choice if you want to give it a try.

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To be fair, sweetgrass (Hierchloe odorata) isn’t much to look at: just arching, deep green, grassy foliage reaching about 18 inches tall and airy, bronzy seedheads in late spring to early summer. Its special feature isn’t obvious until you sniff the dried foliage and inhale the wonderful vanilla-sweet scent. You can take enjoy this lovely fragrance indoors by weaving the dried leaves into braids for display or smudging. This cool-season perennial grass spreads vigorously by creeping rhizomes, so I don’t recommend letting it loose in a bed or border. I grow mine in a large container, and that has worked out well—it sure makes harvesting easy—but it would be most at home as part of a moist to wet meadow. Native to northern North America, as well as parts of Europe and Asia. Full sun to light shade. Perennial; Zones 3 to 8.

2022-collected seeds sold out. I hope to collect again in June 2023. At least 10 tiny seeds. One packet per customer.

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