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Sweet Vernal Grass Anthoxanthum odoratum

Phonetic Spelling
an-tho-ZAN-thum oh-dor-AY-tum
This plant is an invasive species in North Carolina
Description

Anthoxanthum odoratum is a cool season grass and an evergreen. It may self-seed. After some time of establishing itself, Anthoxanthum odoratum becomes drought tolerant.

 

Soil: Average soil

 

Cultivars:
Tags:
#gold#fragrant#evergreen#sun#invasive#full sun#drought tolerant#perennial#light shade#brown#fragrant leaves#host plant#ornamental grass#dappled shade#grass#border#dense#Cool season grass
Cultivars:
Tags:
#gold#fragrant#evergreen#sun#invasive#full sun#drought tolerant#perennial#light shade#brown#fragrant leaves#host plant#ornamental grass#dappled shade#grass#border#dense#Cool season grass
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Anthoxanthum
    Species:
    odoratum
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eurasian
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    drought tolerant
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ornamental Grass
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Dense
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    The flower inflorescence is composed of slender spikes in spring; dry to golden brown
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Feel:
    Soft
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Crushed leaves have a cut clover smell and dried leaves hold fragrance well. This plant has dense tufts of spiky-looking but soft leaves.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Problems:
    Invasive Species