ANDROPOGON VIRGINICUS - BROOM SEDGE
Broomsedge: Perennial Grass Plant
Broomsedge is one of several common names for the species of perennial grass, Andropogon virgincus. This grass is native to the southeastern United States but branches out as far north as the Great Lakes. This grass plant grows in tight groupings reaching up to a little over three feet in height and produces flowers in the warmer seasons; when its leaves and stems are fresh growths, they are green, but as time goes on they turn different shades of purple and orange before becoming straw-like. They have a high germination as well as seedling survival rate, and thrive best in well-drained wet to dry soils and require partial shade.
Broom Sedge, otherwise known as Andropogon virginicus, is a hardy cultivar used in landscaping. The plant is a summer perennial particularly common in the wilds of eastern North America. When used in landscaping, the plant is adaptable to a variety of soils, reaching a height of 4 feet. Its yellow to green coloring makes the Broom Sedge a great visual filler alongside lawns and golf courses. Seeds should be planted in the spring, reaching an average height of 5 inches in the first year. Each fall, as greenery succumbs to its winter dormancy, the Broom Sedge turns a reddish orange and retains the colorful hues until spring, helping to brighten the dull winter months. Broomsedge is called a sedge, but is truly a native grass. When fully grown sedges will change from a green blending into a reddish-brown clump that will look like a broom. Sedges will seemingly grow just about anywhere and will have a large grey and brown trunk. Since it is drought resistant sedges are perfect for hot and humid states. It will grow the most in the cold winter months but will die down in the spring.
Sedges will flourish even in dry soil with sunlight. It's seeds sit high on top and is often missed until the sunlight shines on the white seeds. Broomsedge is an aesthetically pleasing perennial grass that makes for a subtle addition to any garden. In the fall, the plant prepares for winter dormancy, and its pale green foliage turns a stunning reddish orange. The splash of color adds an exciting accent to any landscape during the dreary winter months. The grass is very popular on golf courses because the durability the density of its culms make for good “rough” alongside fairways. In a garden, rows of the grass can be planted to create a natural boundary or highlight existing flower beds. Climate Zone: 4 to 6 Mature Height: 2 to 3 feet Mature Width: 1 to 2 feet Sunlight: Partial Shade to Full Sun Ships As: Bareroot Plant