Vetiver grass question

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Pete Johnson

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on: August 04, 2006, 09:46:41 AM
Does anyone know if this exotic grass (Vetiveria zizanioides) is very invasive?  It is not on the FEPPC lists, but sure seems like a good candidate.  I have someone wanting to plant along a shoreline for erosion control.
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Trudy in Naples

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Reply #1 on: August 04, 2006, 03:08:08 PM
Does anyone know if this exotic grass (Vetiveria zizanioides) is very invasive?  It is not on the FEPPC lists, but sure seems like a good candidate.  I have someone wanting to plant along a shoreline for erosion control.

If it seems a good candidate for invasiveness, then is there a way youi can talk them into beach sunflower Helianthus debilis
or railroad vine Ipomoea pes-caprae ?

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Reply #2 on: August 04, 2006, 04:16:32 PM
I wasn't really planning on recommending or using vetiver grass, because of all the native alternatives.  However, I am still curious about vetiver grass as an invasive plant species.  It seems like a pretty well known erosion control plant within the engineering/construction community.  Why has it not shown up more ofter in Florida (or has it)?  Apparently you can order it from the internet! ???
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Reply #3 on: August 04, 2006, 04:33:57 PM
Well...It may not show up on FLEPPC's site but it does show as an invasive exotic here http://www.invasive.org/listview.cfm?list=6
and here http://plants.usda.gov/java/noxious?rptType=Federal


The internet can add to problems.  We still have the big box stores selling Mexican petunia which at one time was actually recommended by the Extension services as a "Florida Friendly plant"...even while on FLEPPC's list. 

I wouldn't plant it.

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Reply #4 on: August 04, 2006, 04:39:52 PM
Well...It may not show up on FLEPPC's site but it does show as an invasive exotic here http://www.invasive.org/listview.cfm?list=6
and here http://plants.usda.gov/java/noxious?rptType=Federal


The internet can add to problems.  We still have the big box stores selling Mexican petunia which at one time was actually recommended by the Extension services as a "Florida Friendly plant"...even while on FLEPPC's list. 

I wouldn't plant it.

Forget the last link...I pasted the wrong one and now I can't find it!  Gotta go and finish a painting.  I still wouldn't plant this grass...