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Sweet Vernal Grass

Anthoxanthum odoratum

Plant Data

Order:
Poales
Family:
Poaceae (Grass)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Yellowish-green spikelet with a bent awn.
Fruit:
A single-seeded dry fruit (caryopsis).
Leaves:
Flat but pointed leaf blades, forming in loose clumps.
Maximum Size:
50cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The seeds are edible. Tea can be made from the bitter-tasting dried out leaves.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Sweet Vermal Grass contains 'coumarins' which makes it smell of freshly mown hay when dried out.
Other Names:
Buffalo Grass, Holy Grass, Large Sweet Vernal Grass, Spring Grass, Sweet Grass, Sweet-scented Vernal Grass, Vanilla Grass.
Habitats:
Farmland, grassland, heathland, lawns, meadows, moorland, wasteland, woodland.