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Chrysopogon zizanioides/Vetiver

Chrysopogon zizanioides / Chrysopogon zizanioides
Tips of leaves bend downward, which is an identifying trait of this plant
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Tips of leaves bend downward, which is an identifying trait of this plant

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Scientific Name: Chrysopogon zizanioides
Common Name: Vetiver
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Summer, Fall
Flower color: Purple
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Landscape Categories: Herb
Comments: This tropical grass has leaves that bends over sharply at the ends – this is characteristic of this grass. It has a brownish purple inflorescens. The roots are deep growing and they are dug, dried and fragrant oils are distilled from them. These oils are used in fine perfumes and in sachets. Known as vetiver, it was once grown and marketed in South Louisiana. Labor demands for growing this crop have lead to its demise.