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Scientific name

Hierochloe odorata


Sweetgrass, scientifically known as Hierochloe odorata, is a perennial grass native to North America and Eurasia. It's renowned for its pleasant aroma, which is sweet and vanilla-like, hence its name. Appearance: Sweetgrass typically grows in dense tufts, reaching heights of around 30 to 60 centimeters. Its leaves are long, narrow, and typically rolled inward, giving them a cylindrical appearance. The grass blades are smooth and may have a slight bluish-green hue. Aroma: The most distinctive feature of sweetgrass is its delightful fragrance, often described as sweet, vanilla-like, or reminiscent of fresh hay. When dried and burned, sweetgrass releases a fragrant smoke that is traditionally used in various spiritual and ceremonial practices by Indigenous peoples of North America

Planting conditions

Sweetgrass thrives in moist, well-drained soils and is commonly found in meadows, marshes, and along streambanks. It prefers full sunlight but can tolerate some shade.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
  • Moisture level:
    • Moist
    • Wet
    • Flood Tolerant
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
  • pH:
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
    • Bareroot
    • Wildflower
  • Eco Zone:
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
    • 7a
    • 7b
    • 8a
  • Plant type:
    • Ground Cover
  • Height:
    • 30-60 cm