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Our Price: $8.95
ZONE: 3 - 9
EXPOSURE: Full to Part Sun
SIZE: 18"H x 24"S

Availability: Spring 2020

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Sweetgrass Plants

Hierochloe odorata

Sweetgrass is extremely easy to grow and likes well-drained soil, and full to part sun. A medicinal herb that should be included in your herb gardening, especially if you are serious about medicinal herb plants. Sweetgrass spreads by underground rhizomes, and you can harvest once to twice a year. This plant has an extensive root system and rarely produces seeds. Although it can expand from a single plant to a thick square foot of grass in six months, it is shallow-rooted and so grows well with other grasses and shrubs. Sweetgrass makes a lovely container plant.

Sweetgrass is used in prayer, smudging, and purifying ceremonies and is regarded as a sacred plant by the Native Americans. It is not well known that it was also sacred to early Europeans and is still used in churches on festival days. Sweet-grass is considered an aromatic herb, but the scent is strong only when moistened or burned. As the grass dries the fragrance intensifies. When burned it does not produce an open flame but smolders. Just as the sweet scent is attractive to people, it is also attractive to good spirits. Native Americans often burned the grass at the beginning of a prayer or to attract positive energies.

In addition, according to research, this plant is said to be an insect repellent: http://www.postandcourier.com/archives/report-swe...
Zones: 3 - 9

Size: 18"H x 24"S

Light: Full to Part Sun

Uses: Sweetgrass is a sacred herb to Native Americans and is burned to attract positive spirits and cleanse an area. The sweet fragrance of this herb intensifies when dried and smoldered and it is also used in many smudging and prayer rituals worldwide.

Tips: Sweetgrass can also be used to weave baskets, fans and other products by harvesting the long Sweetgrass and laying to dry in the sun. It is then soaked in warm water to make the fibers more pliable and then woven into shape.

Does Not Grow Well Indoors!

Average Customer Review: Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 11 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Perfect!! June 3, 2019
Reviewer: Carina from Kalamazoo, MI United States  
The grass came healthy, strong, and long already. Just perfect!

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Sweergrass plugs May 5, 2019
Reviewer: Gerald Winski from Milwaukee, WI United States  
This was a growing gift to my niece, who is an anthropologist/archeologist-PHD.  She had received a dried and braided  wreath from a Canadien  First Nation People of Quebec. For her it is a great honor for her work with them.
The grass plugs arrived, were unpacked, and watered. The packaging was excellent with very little disturbance. They were planted in a large urn and in a few days they were  taking root and showing growth. They are inside now since the Wisconsin Spring has not totally arrived. Let the growing begin!

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5 of 5 Beautiful April 30, 2019
Reviewer: Sandy Hoy from San Antonio, TX United States  
Growing and thriving, love the scent!

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  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 strong plantings wonderful aroma!! April 25, 2018
Reviewer: Carmen Scuderi OFM from BURLINGTON, WI United States  
The sweetgrass plantings came in strong and fragrant! They've been grown in a pot awaiting the planting season in our herb garden section. It is flourishing and will soon be able to be trimmed and braided to make fragrant smudging braid. Thank you for such a vigorous specimen!

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Sweet grass April 25, 2018
Reviewer: Gail Koslowski-Hernandez from Brooklyn, NY United States  
Love it. Bloomed last year when I purchased it. It has come back this season

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