Hierochloe odorata

Common name: Sweet Grass

Native plant

The botanical moniker of "odorata" means "to be fragrant," and this plant defines it in the physical sense. The sweet, vanilla odor that comes from this plant is spell-binding, just run your hand through it and you’ll see. In nature and your garden it will form dense patches, laying all over itself as if it can’t get enough of the scent. The blades are a light green and somewhat coarse in texture. Plant it in moist areas with full to part-day sun for best results. Oh, and make sure it is in a place where you can enjoy it with your nose!


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic, Wet

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Yards that Flood


Prairie Grasslands, Wetlands

Growth form


Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Yellow Orange


Mature height
1 Feet
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
2 Feet
Max width
2 Feet

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