Monday, August 16, 2010

Vetiver - Santa Cruz Newsletter


Information on the ongoing battle to reduce algae and nutrients that feed it that we received from Cynthia Davis in Santa Cruz la Laguna which is very interesting as to what this plant can be used for. Normally not a good idea to introduce plants into a new environment, in this case Vetiver is non invasive and should actually be since it seems to be more helpful than planting trees. Follow the link above to contact Cynthia for more information, and better, if you are able to contribute, let her know. We will try to keep everyone informed as to new information about this plant being used in Guatemala and hopefully soon around Lake Atitlan.


Vetiveria zizanioides o Chrysopogon zizanioides

Solutions for erosion, landslides, water treatment, phosphorus and other chemicals

Roots of 3 meters!
Uses of Vetiver:
• Soil and erosion control, landslides in rivers and lakes
• Waste water improvement
• Extracts phosphates and other chemicals from water: Phosphates
(~90%), Nitrogen (~94%)
• Handicrafts: weaving baskets and more
• Mulch for the garden, coffee, etc.
• Thatch for roofs (repells insects!) - 50 cm thick recommended
• Potential use for the control of fleas on pets, clothing moths,
• Adobe bricks

• Not invasive
• Easy to propagate
• Inexpensive
• Tolerates diverse growing conditions
• Aesthetically pleasing
• It is aromatic!
• Benefit of many years of research - since the 1980’s

1st Latin American Conference of Vetiver: 14 - 16 October, 2010, Santiago, Chile

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Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
View of Lake Atitlan and volcano from my apartment balcony in Panajachel. Taken by Catherine Todd June 2008.