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Broomsedge Bluestem

Andropogon virginicus

Broomsedge is not a true sedge but is a member of the grass family, Poaceae. In the fall, the leaves turn a conspicuous reddish-orange color that may be seen in open fields or along roadsides and forests edges. Tolerates poor soil and is often used as an indicator or sites that need fertilizer.



The young plants are sometimes used as grazing forage for cattle or cut and used as hay. As the plants mature, they become too woody for the cattle to digest well. Bobwhite Quail and small rodents eat the grass and seeds and many wildlife species use the plants for shelter or nesting sites.

Tolerates poor sites
Provides food and cover for wildlife
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 Item  Height  Size  Price  Qty
14596 4-10in S3-1 RPM $9.95

More About Andropogon virginicus:

Historically, housewives used the long, brush-like grasses to make brooms, which accounts for the common name. The scientific name of the genus Andropogon comes from two Latin words which mean 'beard of a man' and refers to the fuzzy growth that appears on the plant in the fall. These fuzzy hairs aid in the wind dispersal of seeds.

Gardening Suggestions for Broomsedge Bluestem:

Produced using Forrest Keeling's patented RPM Root Production Method ® technology for exceptional growth and survivability.

Key Characteristics:

Average
Songbirds
Midwest Native
Dry
Height:
36-48 Inches
Spread:
12-18 Inches
Hardiness Zone:
5 - 10

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Additional Characteristics & Attributes

Attracts Wildlife
Songbirds
Upland Birds and Game
Soil Moisture Preference
Dry
Average
Exposure
Full Sun
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Fall
Foliage Color
Orange
Habit
Perennial
Attributes
Forage
Midwest Native
Naturalizing
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Characteristics Key

Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Humming- birds
Songbirds
Butterflies
Dry
Average
Moist, Well-Drained
Wet Soil
Cut Flower
Midwest Native
Dried Flower
Salt Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Climbing
Fragrant
Container
Great Foliage