American Sweet Grass

Hierochloe odorata

Sweetgrass is an incredibly special plant. It is a sacred grass of the indigenous peoples of Canada and the United States. It is used as a smudge, in herbal medicine, and in the production of distilled beverages. It owes its distinctive sweet vanilla scent to the presence of coumarin. Many North American indigenous cultures burned it in ceremonies to invite the presence of good spirits.

Water: Wet to Moderate

Hardiness: Frost Hardy

Habit: Cool-season perennial 10 to 24” tall, spreading about 2' per year by underground rhizomes

Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil: Will grow in almost any soil that receives a minimum of a half day of sun

Origin: Greenland to Alaska, New Jersey, Ohio, Iowa, Arizona, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Northern third of Illinois

American Sweet Grass