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Andropogon virginicus

Broomsedge is at its showiest during the fall and winter when it has gone dormant and its color has faded to bronze or orange. It can be a great choice as an ornamental grass for rock gardens or areas with poor, dry soil.

This grass thrives on disturbed sites and needs periodic disturbances to persist. That's why it makes a good companion for our Dry Shallow Soil seed mix. For the first few years, broomsedge will take off, yielding to the wildflowers after they've had a chance to establish themselves. Little bluestem can also be a good choice, but it tends towards dominance and, over time, can out-compete some of the forbs.

Birds consume broomsedge seeds, and quail use them for cover and nesting habitat. Quail also eat various insects, including leaf hoppers, beetles, and the larvae of at least two skipper butterflies that feed on broomsedge plants.

Height: 3’-4’
Spread: 1’-2’
Bloom: September-November
Light: Part Shade, Dappled shade
Water: Low, Medium
Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Origin: Canada to Mexico
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