Sweet Grass Braid

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Shipping fee is included (within the contiguous US). Each braid is approximately 28" long x .5" wide.
Sweetgrass benefits from periodic harvests or disturbances. This native plant species spreads primarily by rhizomes – in order to maintain and encourage healthy growth in our Sweetgrass production beds, we trim the stems at the end of the growing season. We offer these cuttings as a natural byproduct of growing it for seed and plant production. Watch the VIDEO!  

To many North American indigenous cultures, Sweet Grass is considered a sacred plant used in prayer, smudging, and other ceremonies. "Smudging" refers to a ceremony that calls on the spirits of sacred plants to purify a person or space. Oftentimes, Sweet Grass is used in conjunction with Sage, Cedar, and Tobacco.  If you choose not to burn the Sweet Grass braid, the aromatic smell will remain for years.

How to HARVEST, DRY, and BRAID your own:
If Sweet Grass receives adequate rainfall or irrigation, it will actively grow from spring to fall.  Harvesting can take place in either summer or early fall.  Early harvest may be more aromatic, but leaves will be shorter. Watch for foliage starting to go dormant from lack of moisture or fall temperatures.  Leaves will lighten in color as they bleach from the sun and lose some of their scent.  Complete the harvest by this time.  As you are cutting, tie grass bundles in approximately 1 1/2" in diameter (rubber bands work well) and hang in a dry, ventilated area out of the sunlight (see corresponding photo).  Before braiding, reconstitute bundles by submerging in water only until thoroughly moistened, but not longer than necessary.  Wrap moistened bundles in a towel for at least 15 minutes to allow water to be absorbed.  Braid when pliable and allow to dry thoroughly before storing.

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Growing your own plants from seed is the most economical way to add natives to your home. Before you get started, one of the most important things to know about the seeds of wild plants is that many have built-in dormancy mechanisms that prevent the seed from germinating. In nature, this prevents a population of plants from germinating all at once, before killing frosts, or in times of drought. To propagate native plants, a gardener must break this dormancy before seed will grow.

Each species is different, so be sure to check the GERMINATION CODE listed on the website, in the catalog, or on your seed packet. Then, follow the GERMINATION INSTRUCTIONS prior to planting. Some species don't need any pre-treatment to germinate, but some species have dormancy mechanisms that must be broken before the seed will germinate. Some dormancy can be broken in a few minutes, but some species take months or even years.

Seed dormancy can be broken artificially by prolonged refrigeration of damp seed in the process of cold/moist STRATIFICATION. A less complicated approach is to let nature handle the stratifying through a dormant seeding, sowing seeds on the surface of a weed-free site in late fall or winter. Tucked safely beneath the snow, seeds will be conditioned by weathering to make germination possible in subsequent growing seasons.

To learn more, read our BLOG: How to Germinate Native Seeds

Dormant Bare Root Plants

We dig plants when they are dormant from our outdoor beds and ship them April-May and October. Some species go dormant in the summer and we can ship them July/August. We are among the few still employing this production method, which is labor intensive but plant-friendly. They arrive to you dormant, with little to no top-growth (bare-root), packed in peat moss. They should be planted as soon as possible. Unlike greenhouse-grown plants, bare-root plants can be planted during cold weather or anytime the soil is not frozen. A root photo is included with each species to illustrate the optimal depth and orientation. Planting instructions/care are also included with each order.

Download: Installing Your Bare-Root Plants

Potted Plants

3-packs and trays of 32, 38, or 50 plants leave our Midwest greenhouses based on species readiness (being well-rooted for transit) and order date; Spring shipping is typically early May through June, and Fall shipping is mid-August through September. Potted 3-packs and trays of 38 plugs are started from seed in the winter so are typically 3-4 months old when they ship. Trays of 32/50 plugs are usually overwintered so are 1 year old. Plant tray cells are approximately 2” wide x 5” deep in the trays of 38 and 50, and 2.5" wide x 3.5" deep in the 3-packs and trays of 32; ideal for deep-rooted natives. Full-color tags and planting & care instructions are included with each order.

Download: Planting and Care of Potted Plants

*PLEASE NOTE: we are a mail order nursery and have no retail facilities, but you may pick up your order if prior arrangements are made. Pick up orders are subject to 7.375% MN Sales Tax.

Shipping & Handling Charges

TOOL SHED and BOOKS have the shipping fee included in the cost of the item. In other words, they SHIP FREE!

Shipping Season

SEED, TOOLS and BOOKS are sent year-round. Most orders ship within a day or two upon receipt.


We ship using USPS, UPS and Spee Dee.