Category: plant

Vetiver System and Fire

The recent fires in California remind us of the devastation caused to property and to the local ecology. Often the fires are so hot that most of the ground vegetation is completely burnt off. Recovery is slow and in the…

A vetiver hedgerow is a biological “weir”

What is so special about a vetiver hedgerow?  Why does a vetiver hedgerow spread water so well?   In recent comments on vetiver and bananas it was observed that vetiver enhances moisture availability to adjoining plants.  Why?   Let me…

USDA/NRCS Endorsement

Robert Joy the Species Coordinator at USDA NRCS Plant Materials Center, Hoolehua, Hawaii has worked with Vetiver for a good many years  and has produced a Plant Guide “SUNSHINE VETIVER GRASS, Chrysopogon zizanioides (L.) Roberty, Plant Symbol = CHZI”.  This is a very welcome  contribution in the…

VETIVER ROOT – What does it look like in Brazil?

Every now and then something comes up to remind us what an interesting and wonderful plant Vetiver is. Recently Fernando Cost Pinto of Brazil dug up this 4 meter plant to display at Congresso Sobrade 2009 this month. The 300 participants had never…

Progress In Haiti

Criss Juliard is working with the WINNER project in Haiti  and has created a training program in Vetiver System propagation and application.  The first three images show the establishment of quality nurseries for vetiver multiplication.  Note the nurseries are focussing…