Vetiver’s roots grow downward to 13′, which is deeper than some tree roots! Shoots growing from the underground crown make this plant frost and wildfire resistant, and allow it to survive heavy grazing pressure. Its gregarious habit helps to stabilize soil, protecting it against erosion (this should not be planted where it may invade native California habitats). An intoxicatingly fragrant oil is extracted from the roots and used for cosmetics, aromatherapy, herbal skincare, and Ayurvedic soap. Due to its fibrous properties, the plant can also be used for handicrafts, ropes, and more!
Water: Can tolerate a lot of water
Hardiness: Frost tender, but can perennialize if protected
Habit: Perennial bunchgrass that can grow to 5' tall tufts
Light: Full Sun
Soil: Tolerates wide range of soils, including those with poor fertility