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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