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Scientific Name:

Andropogon virginicus


Broomsedge is a native perennial grass with distinctive reddish-brown stems that resemble broom bristles. It forms dense clumps and has flat leaves. It often turns a vibrant orange color in the fall.


Dry, open fields, meadows, prairies


Broomsedge provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including birds such as sparrows and finches who use the grass for cover and nesting, and small mammals who may use it for shelter.

Growing Conditions:

Broomsedge is adaptable and can grow in a variety of soil types, from sandy to clayey, and in full sun to partial shade. It is tolerant of drought conditions.


Broomsedge is sometimes used for erosion control and as a component of native grassland restoration projects.

(please exercise caution and consult additional sources or experts before consuming any vegetation):


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Fun Facts:

Broomsedge is also known as "Virginia Broomsedge" or "Broom Sedge".

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