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Andropogon virginicus - L.

Common Name Broomsedge Bluestem
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Open ground, old fields, open woods, sterile hills and sandy soils[236].
Range Eastern N. America - New York to Florida, west to Texas, Illinois and Ohio.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Andropogon virginicus Broomsedge Bluestem


Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA SCS. 1991. Southern wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. South National Technical Center, Fort Worth.
Andropogon virginicus Broomsedge Bluestem
James H. Miller @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Miller, J.H. and K.V. Miller. 2005. Forest plants of the southeast and their wildlife uses. University of Georgia Press, Athens

 

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Summary

A perennial grass forming narrow clumps of stems with some medicinal and other uses. Common names include broomsedge bluestem, yellowsedge bluestem and whiskey grass in Australia as it was used as American whiskey bottle packaging.


Physical Characteristics

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Andropogon virginicus is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.2 m (4ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from September to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Astringent  Salve

A decoction of the roots is used in the treatment of backaches[222]. A tea made from the leaves is used in the treatment of diarrhoea[222]. Externally, it is used as a wash for frostbite, sores, itching, piles and poison ivy rash[222, 257].

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Other Uses

A yellow dye is obtained from the stems[257]. Onion skins are sometimes added when making the dye[257]. Sometimes grown as an ornamental plant (but can be weedy).

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Cultivation details

Requires a light porous sandy soil in full sun[200]. Plants are often found in very acid soils in the wild[236]. This plant was inadvertantly introduced to the Hawain Islands in 1932 and has spread widely there. It is considered to be one of the most threatening of exotic species, invading native habitats and altering the fire and hydrology regimes[274].

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Propagation

Seed - surface sow in early spring in a greenhouse. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on for the first winter in a cold greenhouse. Plant out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Invasive in Hawaii and California and weedy in other areas of the US. Releasing persistent herbicidal chemicals to competes with other species. Fire tolerant.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : Least Concern.

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Andropogon gerardiiBig BluestemPerennial2.0 4-8  LNDM012

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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