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Andropogon virginicus

Broomsedge

Beautiful, easy to grow, warm season grass, so versatile it will grow almost anywhere. Lovely planted in large sweeps mixed with native wildflowers like milkweed, black-eyed Susan and iron weed. In autumn, the grass turns a warm reddish brown color and looks incredible in the snow. Birds will visit in the fall to eat the seed. In winter, they will provide cover and nesting material for all kinds of wildlife. You may cut them back in spring but that is all the maintenance they’ll ever need.

Benefits

  • Beautiful, upright, warm-season grass worthy of greater garden use
  • Very versatile, use in water wise landscapes or rain gardens
  • Birds eat the seed, foliage provides cover and nesting material for other wildlife
  • Plant with native perennials like milkweed, black-eyed Susan and ironweed
  • Low maintenance, needs no special attention

Height
2-3 ft

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Spread
1-2 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Fall Color
Low Water Use
Winter Interest
Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Grasses
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Mammals
Reptiles
Bloom Time
Fall
Late Summer
Habitat Collection
Songbird
Native Habitat
Grassland
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Border
Container
Cut or dried flower
Drought tolerant
Erosion control
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Salt tolerant
Wind tolerant
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
California
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Mississippi
Missouri
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
West Virginia