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Andropogon virginicus var. virginicus

Old-field Broomstraw, Broomsedge, Broomsedge Bluestem, Sedge Grass, Sage Grass

Scientific Name:

Andropogon virginicus var. virginicus

Genus:

Andropogon

Species Epithet:

virginicus

Common Name:

Old-field Broomstraw, Broomsedge, Broomsedge Bluestem, Sedge Grass, Sage Grass

Plant Type

Grass/Sedge/Rush

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Green

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Old fields, roadbanks, disturbed sites. Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed, G5 - Secure, G_T_: Subspecies or Variety Rank (add status to NOTES section) (*Key)

Notes:

Andropogon virginicus var. decipiens is uncommon in the NC coastal plain. Weakley(2015) also lists Andropogon virginicus var. 1 as rare in the NC coastal plain.
Global Rank G5T5.

Flowering in September

Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Maturing seeds in October

Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Spectacular fall and winter color

Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Go Botany: https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/andropogon/virginicus/

Vascular Plants of NC: https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

700 Bird-friendly Plants for NC: https://nc.audubon.org/700



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