Vetiveria zizanioides
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Vetiveria zizanioides


  family gramineae 
  genus vetiveria 

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Genus  Vetiveria Species  zizanioides Variety  Cultivar  Common names  vetivergrass   khus-khus   vetiver Family  GRAMINEAE Specimen number  S11408 Data source  HtZn p180
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Grass Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  6' - 9' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun Water  Moist to wet Optimal soil texture  Rich Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  Above 40� F AHS heat zones  Heat zones 12-09 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  This very tender plant can only survive nighttime temperatures of 40� Fahrenheit. Vetiveria zizanioides needs summer days with high heat. The best soil for Vetivergrass (also known as vetiver and khus-khus) has a texture that is rich. Full sun is needed for this plant to do its best. It prefers moist to wet soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  fragrant roots Fragrance parts  Roots Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Vetiveria zizanioides is a perennial. Leaves: Vetivergrass (locally known in some parts as vetiver and khus-khus) has rough edged blades. Flowers: This plant has plumes on tall stems.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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