Sweet Vernal Grass

Anthoxanthum odoratum

Photo of Sweet Vernal Grass
Photo by Dr. John Meade, weed scientist emeritus
Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension

One of the very early flowering grasses with a sweet scent. It was included in pasture mixes and is responsible for the smell of new mown hay. Memorialized in the song about the Wabash river fields. Now a plant of roadsides, probably from seeds included in the seed mix.

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  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences