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Andropogon virginicus (broomsedge)
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Andropogon virginicus


An easy-to-grow, clump-forming, native warm season grass with incredible golden copper fall color. A pioneer soil stabilizing plant that does well in poor, infertile areas and surprisingly well in floodplains. It's wonderful for xeriscaping and restoration projects, or in coastal areas. The attractive fall and winter stems make a unique addition to cut flower arrangements!

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2-3 Feet


1-2 Feet


18 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

broomsedge Interesting Notes

Perennial, warm, native, poor grazing for wildlife and livestock. 2-4' tall bunchgrass growing in small tufts. The overlapping flattened sheaths are hairy along the margin of upper blade surface toward the base. The upper two-thirds of the plant is freely branching with the leaves turning straw yellow when mature. The seed heads are partly enclosed in a sheath (spathe). Mostly upland, woodland and invades overgrazed ranges. Seldom grazed by any kind of animal. - Texas A&M

Broom sedge is a beautiful warm-season native grass worthy of greater garden use. Its upright stature and warm reddish-tan fall and winter color make for a wonderful contrast in the garden. Warm-season native grasses begin growing well into spring. It reaches 3-5’ tall. Broom sedge forms distinctive clumps and is adaptable to many soils. It prefers full sun but is more adaptable to partial shade than many warm-season native grasses. It grows well with other native grasses like Schizachyrium scopariumSporobolus heterolepis, and Muhlenberia capillaris, as well as many perennials such as Asclepias tuberosaRudbeckia fulgidaHelianthus angustifolius, and Vernonia glauca. - Mt. Cuba Center

Andropogon virginicus Growing and Maintenance Tips

Found in open fields and upper shores of ponds all over North America and prefers full sun to bright shade, in dry, sandy soils. Propagate by seed or divide clumps every few years. Cut stems down to the ground in late winter (February or March) before new growth occurs.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Salt Tolerance
Salt Tolerance

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Propagation Type
Open pollinated
Native to North America
Grass Type: Warm Season
Dry Sun
Erosion Control