Wildflower Center Staff
Andropogon virginicus L.
Broomsedge bluestem, Broom-sedge
Poaceae (Grass Family)
The seeds of Broom-sedge are evenly distributed along the 2-5 ft. stems and are striking in fall and winter when the fine hairs of the expanded racemes catch the sunlight. The clump-forming, perennial
grass turns a tawny brown in fall.
Unlike its relatives, Big and Little Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii
and Schizachyrium scoparium
), Broom-sedge can be an invader on disturbed lands, where it helps to control erosion. It is the primary native
meadow grass in the northeast, where it should form the linchpin of any prairie restoration.
Image Gallery: 3 photo(s) available
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Sep , Oct , Nov
AL , AR , CA , CT , DE , FL , GA , HI , IL , IN , IA , KS , KY , LA , MD , MA , MI , MS , MO , NJ , NY , NC , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV , DC Canada: ON Native Distribution:
FL to TX, n. to MA, OH, s. IL, s.e. IA & KS Native Habitat:
Dry fields; thin woods; upper shores of ponds USDA Native Status: L48(N), HI(I), PR(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Dry, sandy soils. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam
Conditions Comments: Unlike its relatives, big and little bluestem, broom sedge can be an invader on disturbed lands.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Attractive. Grows in clumps
Use Wildlife: Cover, nesting material, seed food for birds. Graze for deer.
Attracts: Birds , Butterflies
Deer Resistant: No
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for: