Anthoxanthum odoratum

Anthoxanthum odoratum_ sweet vernalgrass_ JM Di Tomaso
Photo courtesy Joseph DiTomaso

Common names: sweet vernal grass; vanilla grass

Anthoxanthum odoratum(sweet vernalgrass) is a perennial grass (family Poaceae) that grows in hay fields, roadsides and along ditches. Sweet vernalgrass is locally common in coastal grasslands in northern California, particularly along the coast.

Cal-IPC Rating: Limited

Cal-IPC Assessment

Plant Assessment Form - Information gathered by Cal-IPC on the impacts, rate of spread, and distribution of invasive plants in California. Does not include management information.

Weed RIC Management Notes

  • Management Notes - Information on management techniques and effectiveness from the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Weed Research & Information Center.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

  • None for this species.

Other Anthoxanthum odoratum Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - See the distribution of this species on Calflora's map of California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution information with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • Jepson Online Interchange for California Flora - Information on taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Federal database with information on identification and distribution, and links to websites in individual states.
  • Bugwood - National database from the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia.