About Vetiver

Overview

Vetiver (scientific name Chrysopogon zizanioides) is a noninvasive perennial grass. It does not spread through its roots and it produces few seeds. Propagation is through grass plugs.

Identification

Vetiver is a grass with stiff, erect stems growing 6-1/2 feet tall and a massive root system reaching 16 feet deep.

Geography

Vetiver originates in the South Asian tropics and subtropics along river banks and flood plains. It is commonly planted in the southern United States.

Function

Vetiver hedges are used to control soil erosion and restore eroded land. The essential oils in vetiver roots are used as perfume.

Features

The deep roots prevent the plant from being washed away. Vetiver grows in heavy clay, dune sand and in windy, coastal conditions.

Warning

Vetiver is extremely intolerant of shade. This will reduce growth and eliminate the plant in the long run.

References

  • Chrysopogon Page
  • Special Characteristics of Vetiver Grass
Keywords: vetiver, Chrysopogon zizanioides, tropical grass

About this Author

Karen Carter has spent the last three years working as a technology specialist in the public school system. This position included hardware/software installation, customer support, and writing training manuals. She also spent four years as a newspaper editor/reporter at the Willapa Harbor Herald.