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Sweetgrass
(Savastana odorata)

Sweetgrass (Savastana odorata) Other common names: Indian Grass, Smelly Vanilla Grass, Sweet Grass

Other scientific names: Anthoxanthum nitens, Hierochloe borealis, Holcus odoratus

French names: Hiérochloé odorante 

Family: Grass Family (Poaceae)

Group: Grasses

Distinctive features: Odiferous when crushed. Leaves shiny.

Flowers: Spring

Habitat: Fields and Open Areas, Wet Areas;  Generally likes to grow in damp areas, but when planted will do well just about anywhere.

Uses: This is the sacred Sweetgrass that North American Native people use for smudging.

Native/Non-native: Native

Status: not overly common.

Notes: Very odiferous when crushed, or when dried grasses are lit and left to smoulder.

Origin and Meaning of Names:
 Scientific Name: : fragrant


Photographs: 47 photographs available, of which 10 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Sweetgrass (Savastana odorata)

This photo shows the shiny aspect of the leaves.

Sweetgrass (Savastana odorata)

Sweetgrass (Savastana odorata)

A nice healthy patch. This is in my backyard.

Sweetgrass (Savastana odorata)

Sweetgrass (Savastana odorata)

This is a patch of Sweetgrass in late fall (October).

Sweetgrass (Savastana odorata)

Sweetgrass (Savastana odorata)

Sweetgrass (Savastana odorata)

Sweetgrass (Savastana odorata)

Sweetgrass (Savastana odorata)