Andropogon virginicus

broomsedge bluestem

Poaceae (Gramineae)

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Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: grass
Life Span: short-lived perennial
Size: Height: 3-5 ft    Width: 0.5 ft
Flower Color: flower color      green,NA
Fruit Color: fruit color      orange
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Background planting or as a casual tall bunching or clumping grass in meadow-like settings.
Considerations: Can be aggressive in disturbed lands.
Propagation: Seed, division of clumps.
Availability: Seed
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Soil or other substrate: Sand


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Provides food and nesting material for many small birds and other small animals. Larval host for zabulon skipper (Poanes zabulon).
Native Habitats: Open seepage areas, flatwoods, marshes, ruderal areas.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

This plant can be used as a background planting that will create a light orange haze during the late fall and winter months. Andropogon virgnicus var. glaucus (chalky bluestem) is very light blue-green in color and grows in dry sites.