Sweet Vernal Grass

Sweet_Vernal_Grass_jpgSweet Vernal Grass is the first grass to appear in the Spring. It is found in lawns, roadsides and waste places. The dried leaves make a good tea.

OtherCommonName:

ScientificName:

Anthoxanthum odoratum

Community:

Edge

PlantStatus:

Naturalized ~ Native of Europe

LifeSpan:

Perennial

PlantHeight:

12 to 28 inches

FruitingTime:

April to August ~ Most in May and June

Distribution:

Newfoundland to Georgia ~ Statewide in New Jersey

FloweringTime:

Late April to August

IdentifyingCharacteristics:

Sweet scented foliage ~ Leaves flat and short, mostly near base ~ Ear 1 ¾ inch long, sometimes interrupted at its lower end. Consider the often quoted rhyme when identifying grasses: “Sedges have edges, Rushes are round, Grasses have joints from their tips to the ground.”