Sweetgrass is extremely easy to grow and likes well-drained soil, and full to part sun. A medicinal herb that should be included in your herb gardening, especially if you are serious about medicinal herb plants. Sweetgrass spreads by underground rhizomes, and you can harvest once to twice a year. This plant has an extensive root system and rarely produces seeds. Although it can expand from a single plant to a thick square foot of grass in six months, it is shallow-rooted and so grows well with other grasses and shrubs. Sweetgrass makes a lovely container plant.
Sweetgrass is used in prayer, smudging, and purifying ceremonies and is regarded as a sacred plant by the Native Americans. It is not well known that it was also sacred to early Europeans and is still used in churches on festival days. Sweet-grass is considered an aromatic herb, but the scent is strong only when moistened or burned. As the grass dries the fragrance intensifies. When burned it does not produce an open flame but smolders. Just as the sweet scent is attractive to people, it is also attractive to good spirits. Native Americans often burned the grass at the beginning of a prayer or to attract positive energies.
Characteristics: One of our sacred Native American herbs, Sweetgrass is extremely easy to grow and can tolerate minor periods of drought.
Light: Plant in full sun to partial shade.
Water: Water when dry to the touch, avoiding constant "wet feet."
Soil: Sweetgrass likes well-drained soil of average quality.
Use: Sweetgrass is traditionally used in prayer, smudging, and purifying ceremonies.