Herbs forum: Sweetgrass

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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Feb 1, 2016 11:15 PM CST
Does anyone have any experience starting this from seed? I bought a packet of seeds when we were out in South Dakota last fall and would love to grow this, as it is native here... somewhere... I actually have no idea how to recognize it.

Also, although I did ask this on the plant database forum, does anyone know if ´╗┐Hierochloe hirta (which is what the packet that I purchased said, common name Northern Sweetgrass) is the same as ´╗┐Hierochloe odorata ?
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Sep 17, 2016 11:51 AM CST
Did you ever get an answer to your questions?
I was interested in growing this plant but have very little knowledge Smiling
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all else is just existing.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Sep 17, 2016 7:13 PM CST
Hi Cinda -- never did get an answer; I tried planting the seeds, both by winter sowing and just in a pot outdoors once the weather warmed up a bit, and didn't get any sprouts at all. I suspect the seed was old or something. I think I might try growing a couple of plants next summer if I can find a source. I did see it listed on a website a while back, now I'm not sure which one -- maybe Mountain Valley Growers?

It supposedly grows up here, my former mother-in-law first told me about the local Native Americans using it for making baskets. So many interesting things, so little time...

Edited to say: Mountain Valley Growers does sell it... https://www.mountainvalleygrowers.com/hieodorata.htm
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Name: Tom Cagle
SE-OH (Zone 6a)
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Oct 27, 2016 2:38 PM CST
I sent out a half-dozen packets (of sweetgrass) on my autumnal give away. Only one reported success from seed.

I wintersowed the remaining 4-500 seeds and got eight to germinate.

Now that I have plugs, I can divide and send plugs on to needy growers.

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