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Hierochloe odorata (Sweet Grass)

Hierochloe odorata (Sweet Grass)
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Sweet Grass is an aromatic, cool-season perennial growing 10-24 inches and spreading about 2 feet per year by underground rhizomes! Because of its aggressive, rhizomatous nature it can be difficult to eliminate if it has spread to areas where it is not wanted. Pick a planting site with this in mind.  Despite its aggressive nature, Sweet Grass can be difficult to establish from seed so we recommend trying a few roots and dividing them after a few years.

Many North American indigenous cultures burned Sweet Grass in ceremonies to invite the presence of good spirits. We have these incense braids available seasonally. The Dakota name for Sweet Grass is Wachanga; Omaha is Pezhezonsta; Winnebago is Manuska; and the Pawnee name is Kataru. Other Scientific Names in use are Torresia odorada and Savastana odorada. Other Common Names include Sweetgrass.

Its natural habitat is wetlands, prairies, and savannas in wet and medium moisture soils. Sweet Grass prefers rich, moist soils but will grow in almost any soil that receives a minimum of a half day of sun. Sandy, well-drained sites will require mulch and watering during times of low rainfall. Add compost or clay to sand or clay soils. The preferred pH range is 6 to 8.

The natural range of Sweet Grass is Greenland to Alaska, south to New Jersey, Ohio, Iowa and Arizona. It can be found in all parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and the northern third of Illinois.

Seeds / Packet: 50
Seeds / Ounce: 20,000
Dormant bare root plants ship each year during optimal transplanting season: Fall (October) or Spring (April/May).

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Catalog Number HIE52G
Germination Code C(30)
Seeds / Packet 50
Seeds / Ounce 20,000
USDA Zones 3-7
Plant Spacing 1-2'
Sun Exposure Full Sun  Part Shade 
Soil Moisture Wet  Wet-Mesic  Mesic (Medium) 
Height 2 feet 
Bloom Color Brown 
Bloom Time July 
Plant Type Grasses & Rushes (Juncus) 
Availability Seeds  Roots 
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Hierochloe odorata (Sweet Grass)
*This map shows the current natural distribution of this species. Given appropriate habitat and climate, native plants can be grown outside their range.
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Present in state Present in county, native to state Present in county, not native to state  
Not present in state Present historically, now extirpated    
Sweet Grass Braids Rudbeckia subtomentosa (Sweet Black-eyed Susan)
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