Andropogon virginicus (Broomsedge) Unity Grown
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Andropogon virginicus, commonly known as broomsedge, is a U.S. native perennial grass known for its resilience in varied soil conditions, tolerating both drought and seasonal flooding. Broomsedge typically reaches two to four feet tall at maturity, and is exceptionally low maintenance, requiring only some sun and to be cut back occasionally in the winter. Andropogon virginicus tolerates not only drought and flooding, but nutritionally poor soils, areas prone to erosion, and browsing by herbivores.
This hearty ornamental grass produces unremarkable fine flowers in the summer months, but displays striking reddish orange hues in the autumn months, retaining its color into the winter. As with most native grasses, growth is slow and requires two to three years to establish. Broomsedge is an excellent choice for meadows, wildlife habitats, and restoration projects, but care should be taken with choosing a location to plant it as some reports list it as capable of fully colonizing areas with poor soil.