Broom Sedge

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Broom Sedge Bluestem, Andropogon Virginicus is Hardy Planting Zones 5-8

Hardy planting zones are 5-8; The growth rate is 2-feet per year; It reaches 2-3 feet in height and 6-8 inches in width. The sedge needs full sun and wets to moist soil conditions; It does well in sand, gravel, or mud. It is native to North America and typically found in bogs, swamps, or watersheds. Broomsedge bluestem (Andropogon virginicus) is a perennial grass found across the eastern United States. It is commonly found growing in prairies, pastures, abandoned fields, and alongside railway tracks. The grass stands between two and four feet tall and is distinguished by its dry, straw-colored foliage. Its culms are flat to partially folded and light to medium green in color.

 Broomsedge Bluestem, Andropogon Virginicus is Capable of Growing in a Variety of Conditions and Surviving in the Most Infertile Soils 

It is capable of growing in a variety of conditions and surviving within the most infertile of soils. Moreover, the grass thrives in barren environments where most plants cannot live and prefers loose, sandy, low phosphorus soils. It prefers direct sunlight and little to no watering. These properties make broomsedge a perfect choice for those who prefer to take a low-maintenance approach to a garden. The best time to plant broomsedge is during late spring, when soil temperatures are well above freezing. The best method for establishing stands of grass is to use direct seeding. However, transplanting is also possible. Seedlings develop rapidly, and the plant takes two to three years to establish and reach reproductive maturity; This grass has green leaves; As the plant matures, they turn brown and wither. Blooms are light green slender spikelet pods; The culms are U-shaped and concave. Turtles feed on this grass; It is also a food source for other waterfowl and birds.

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 The broomsedge is a native warm-season perennial grass that can grow 3 feet tall. Broomsedge is found from southern New England to Illinois and south to Texas and Florida, United States. It prefers full sun, dry conditions, and poor soil containing clay, sand, gravel, or rocky material. On the other hand, partial sun and more seasonally dry conditions are tolerated. This grass's dried-out foliage remains upright and persists through the winter and into the following year's summer.

This warm-season grass has a metabolism, which allows it to withstand hot, dry conditions. It will grow in places where other grass leaves will not. Broom Sedge is also common in disturbed habitats, mainly abandoned pastures with a lot of gravel or clay in the soil. 

The clumps of broom sedge 8 inches, and the stems are firmly upright and wiry, lasting all winter. The new leaves and culms are developing; straw-colored remnants of older leaves and culms are usually present. The leaves are found along the entire stem length, but they are more common at the bottom. The leaf blades can be erect, ascending, or widely spreading and are three to12 long and 2 to 7 mm wide.

The leaves are long, light to medium green, and primarily glabrous, except for long hairs along the upper sides or margins near the bases. Leaf-sheaths are light to medium green, slightly inflated, flattened, and open; they are usually glabrous, except for some long hairs along the sides and upper margins.

Dried foliage can last into the next growing season unless trimmed or burned off in wild areas. The color in the fall and winter adds interest to the dormant season, making it an excellent garden plant. Controlling broom sedges is most easily accomplished through the cultural practice of removing seeds before dispersing them.

Broomsedge makes an attractive garden plant but is considered invasive species in some areas. It is beneficial in naturalistic plantings, where it forms stoutly upright clumps that are also very narrow. It can grow in arid and wet, boggy areas; broom sedge is an excellent plant for soggy soil near ponds. Broomsedge has good fall color, usually a flaming orange, and it stays that way all winter. Broom Sedge can be mixed with

Bluestem to affect dryer sites; the Little Bluestem is typically more arching, whereas the broomsedge is very upright in form. Broomsedge is essential for soil binding on recently burned sites. It protects birds and small animals while allowing them to reclaim the areas, and the new blades provide forage for animals.

The goats use broom sedge as a windbreak. Andropogon virginicus gives low cover and acts as a natural barrier. There's enough forage in between the broom sedge for the goats to graze on. The Broom sedge working as a windbreak blocks the sun and thus must be removed for the best possible spring foraging.

Sun exposure: partial sun

Water requirement: Moderate moisture

Zone: 5 to 8

Best time to Harvest: Spring

Ship as: Bareroot

Height at maturity: 2 to 3 ft tall


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Latin Name-Carex Bromoides Hardy Zone- 2-10 Mature Height-1-2ft Sun Or Shade- Full Sun
Planting Zones 5-8
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2 Reviews

  • 5
    broom sedge

    i loved this plant on our property in tennessee and now i can enjoy a bit of it here in michigan...great price, received healthy well packed plants with established roots... thank you so much... would highly reccommend

  • 5

    Gorgeous around ponds!

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