vetiver; khus-khus; khas-khas
ornamental grass, fragrant, hedge - screen, sun - part shade, moist - wet
India, Asia, n Africa
Forms an upright clump 2-4' wide and 4-8' tall. The shiny, burnished-green leaves tend to develop folds 1 to 2' from the tip; these folded leaf tips wave in the wind while the rest of the leaf stands straight. Purple-red coloration occurs at the fold, and the entire plant will tinge purple-red after experiencing winter temperatures of 30-40°F. At these temperatures vetiver is evergreen; at lower temperatures the foliage dies back. From August through September the plants bear showy, fluffy flower plumes about 3-4" wide and 12-18" long. These plumes make an excellent addition to flower arrangements. The roots, which contain a sweetly-scented oil, have been used for centuries to make baskets, screens, and other woven articles; these wares become fragrant when wet. Oil of vetiver, which is distilled from the roots, has long been employed as an ingredient in perfumes. Adaptable to varying soil conditions, including sandy, clayey, or wet soils. Tolerant of coastal winds, and once established will endure periodic droughts. Prefers moist, rich soil in full sun to light shade. Plants have been known to survive short periods at 15°F. Range of cultivation may be extended northward somewhat if grown with protection. Vetiver may also be grown as a container plant in colder climates.
cat # 8X8C
$9.95 each / 3+, $9.50 ea