Soil: Hydric (Moist) – Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 1-2 feet
Type: Cool season, perennial, rhizomatous.
Suggested Uses: This grass is rhizomatous and aggressive, but an excellent choice for erosion problems along shorelines.
Native Range: The range is scattered throughout the Upper Midwest, the West/Southwest and Appalachia.
Wildlife: Forage for small mammals.
Interesting Facts: Coumarin is the compound that gives Sweetgrass its lovely fragrance. It retains its fragrance long after being cut. It is often coiled into baskets. Its scientific name comes from the Greek words for sacred (hieros) and grass (chloë).
Indigenous names: Wacanga (Lakota), Wachanga (Dakota), Wiingashk (Anishinaabemowin)
Other names: Vanilla grass, holy grass, Seneca grass, alpine sweetgrass, Northern Sweetgrass
More information: USDA plant profile