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Khus Khus Chrysopogon zizanioides

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Vetiveria zizanioides
Description

Veltiver is a warm season grass with light green, narrow leaves. It is stifly erect with good fall color. V. 'Sunshine' is usually what is sold in the states and it is a sterile cultivar. It can be grown as an annual in a container in cooler climates.

It is used world-wide for soil and water conservation and many other environmental protection applications. This is due to its strong and deep root system, a high tolerance to most heavy metals and an ability to remove from soil and water large quantities of excess nitrates, phosphates and farm chemicals.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Sunshine'
    Sterile cultivar
Tags:
#sun#fall color#annual#perennial#container plant#accent plant#grass#warm-season grass
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Sunshine'
    Sterile cultivar
Tags:
#sun#fall color#annual#perennial#container plant#accent plant#grass#warm-season grass
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Chrysopogon
    Species:
    zizanioides
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Vetiver roots contain fragrant essential oil
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    India, China to Malesia
    Fire Risk Rating:
    low flammability
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ornamental Grass
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    6 inch long panicles of brownish-purple flowers
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Purple/Lavender
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Long narrow stiff green leaves up to 10 feet long.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Erosion
    Fire
    Pollution