Anthoxanthum odoratum

Names

Names

Scientific: Anthoxanthum odoratum

English: Sweet vernal grass

Portuguese: Feno-de-cheiro

Origins

Origins

Family: Poaceae

Origin: North-western Africa, northern Asia and Europe

Life Cycle: Perennial (but in Portugal is vivacious)

Properties

Properties

Aroma
Medicinal
Edibility

Parts Used

Parts Used

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Scientific NameAnthoxanthum odoratum
English NameSweet vernal grass, holy grass, vanilla grass, buffalo grass.
Portuguese NameFeno-de-cheiro.
German NameGewöhnliche Ruchgras, Wohlriechendes Ruchgras, kurz Ruchgras.
FamilyPoaceae
OriginNorth-western Africa, northern Asia and Europe
HabitatMeadows, forests, pastures and roadsides.
Life CyclePerennial (but in Portugal is vivacious).
Preferences CultivationThis species prefers soils with sandy surface texture conditions and acidic.
Method of propagationSowing - the seeds ripen in mid-spring (April).
Ornamental CharacteristicsFlowering from April to June. H: 0.5 m, ᴓ 0.2 m (but occasionally reaching up to 1 m in height)
Description of smells and flavorsSweet
Properties MedicinalAnticoagulant, antispasmodic, stimulant, headache, nausea, sleeplessness and conditions of the urinary tract. Externally: used in the treatment of rheumatic pain and chilblains.
Properties EdibilityFlavoring dishes. The tea made from the fresh or dried leaves is very aromatic and sweet.
Properties OtherNone
Contraindications / Side Effects / CommentsUnknown
Pests and diseases & how to fight themUnknown
How and When to harvest and / or pruning and which parts used. How many cuts per year?Parts used: seeds, flowers and leaves.
Can be used in intercropping ( repellent / attractive ) or is biopesticide?Unknown
Curiosity / Personal ExperiencesThe name “Anthoxanthum” is derived from the Greek: “Anthos” means flower and “xanthos” means yellow. In Russia, sweet vernal grass is used as an ingredient in certain brandies.

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