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This man has smelt Sporobolus heterolepsis- have you ?

Diary note for September: propagate more of the wondrously aromatic grass Sporobolis heterolepsis.

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What is it then ? a fabulous grass with attitude and scent !

other common name – Prairie dropseed

Height : 80cm (at least) Spread : 35cm (and some)

Flowering : meant to be July and august , but still flowering now well into September.

spicemarket1Scent : musky and aromatic like a trip into a indian spice market. Just catching on the slightest breeze you get a hint of the cumin laden armpit of a street trader in Jaipur. It is the sort of grass you could make a curry with , the sort of grass that would be impregnating an old jute camel bag, the scent of a sandal kicked off under a rickshaw drivers charpoi, the tendril taint of an “old “print dug out from beneath a dozen such prints in old Mapusa market. It is the siren call of the exotic and the whisper of the orient.

spice4

I smelt Sporobolus and my nose fell off …..

Grown en masse (of course) why would anyone do any less,it is a wonder of the prairie plain.Not only do you get scent but a fine and fickle movement in the breeze reminds you of a lapping warm sea. Must be nearly holiday time methinks ………..

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