Sweet Vernal Grass

Anthoxanthum odoratum

The heavenly scent of sweet grass is somewhere between vanilla and fresh hay, and becomes stronger when dried. It is widely used by Native peoples across North America for basketry as well as a smudge plant. It is a food plant for the larvae of brown and skipper butterflies.

Water: Moist to Dry

Hardiness: Frost Hardy

Habit: Short-lived perennial grass, 9" to 16" tall, flowers April-June

Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil: Favors acidic soil

Origin: Eurasia and North Africa

Sweet Vernal Grass