Sweetgrass (Heirochloe odorata) is a creeping perennial that can grow up to 24 inches; it is native to colder zones in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves of sweetgrass are collected in the summer months, which are then dried and used to make braids for burning.
Burning sweetgrass as an aromatic incense or in the braid in sacred ceremonies can be seen among both Native North Americans as well as some indigenous groups in Europe. Traditionally, with many native tribes of North America, it is used as an incense for purification before rituals, healing rituals, initiations, and peace ceremonies. It is said that the scent will cleanse the spirit and bring messages from higher planes.
The burning smoke of sweetgrass has been used to treat colds and keep insects at bay. Herbal teas made from the leaves are known to treat coughs, sore throat, and fevers.
Cultivation: This plant prefers moist soils in the sun to part shade. Sow seeds in the fall or spring by pressing into the surface of rich soil and keeping the dirt evenly moist until germination. We found that these took three weeks to germinate under lights while being kept continually moist. You can differentiate the sweetgrass from volunteer grasses by the reddish stem of the sweetgrass, even in the seedling stage.
Regarding the common myth that sweetgrass seeds are sterile, a quote from Samuel Clemens sprouts to mind, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” We advise that you space plants 1 foot apart.
Packet of 20 organic Sweetgrass (Heirochloe odorata) seeds.