Nothing pleases a gardener more than combining Beauty with Function. Now, research has proven what our ancestors have known for centuries about the insecticidal attributes of an ornamental grass.
Vetiver Grass has been used for centuries inside the home to repel clothes moths, cockroaches and ants as well as outdoors for tick, weevil, nematode and mole cricket prevention.
Dr. Gregg Henderson of Louisiana Agriculture Center has recently released studies which prove the grass is also a deterrent against the formidable nemesis of many southern states: the Formosan subterranean termite.
Because these termites are destructible foes in many states, those landscapes may begin to include more of these ornamental grasses, not just for their form and beauty, but for their functional abilities as well.