Vetiver (Chrysopogon zizanioides, aka Vetiveria zizanioides) is a non-invasive, deep-rooted, long-leaf clump grass that's been used in tropical climates to stop erosion and to define property boundaries for more than a century. Left untrimmed, its stiff, tightly-grouped leaves can reach up to eight feet tall.  Its fibrous roots grow vertically, 12-15 feet deep, binding the soil.  

     Vetiver plants has been utilized for a variety of purposes, including medicinal, energy, bioremediation, crafts, landscaping, slope stabilization, erosion control, firebreaks, insecticide, and scent.  

     Various sources have covered the entire realm of Vetiver's botany and care, history, myriad applications, and installation instructions.  Chief among them are and its related blog.