Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. April 2011.
Scientific name: Anthoxanthum odoratum L.
Common name(s): sweet vernalgrass, holy grass, vanilla grass, buffalo grass, large sweet grass
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-leaf blade 2–10 mm in width
-spikelet 7–9 mm in length
– smells and tastes sweet when crushed
– may be confused with A. ovatum; see left sidebar on Go Botany webpage
-meadows and fields
-unpalatable to cattle
- declining use in hay and pasture mixes
-Native Americans used the stems to make baskets
Go Botany. “Anthoxanthum Odoratum L.” Anthoxanthum Odoratum (Large Sweet Grass, Sweet Vernalgrass): Go Botany, 2021, gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/anthoxanthum/odoratum/.
Eric T. Doucette, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Biology, MA College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA (updated Feb 2018)