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Broomstraw Andropogon virginicus

Other plants called Broomstraw:

Phonetic Spelling
an-dro-POH-gon ver-JIN-ih-kus
Description

Beard Grass has green leaves and stems turning dark red-purple then bright orange in late fall. This plant is not recommended for a formal garden and does not tolerate heavy mulch however, it is long-lived.  It is a vigorous plant that while it provides excellent ground cover it is not grazed by livestock or wildlife but is good used  in managed rural areas.

Habitat: Var. decipiens: Savannas, flatwoods, maritime wet grasslands, disturbed pinelands, other wetlands; var. virginicus: old fields, roadbanks, disturbed sites

 

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#sun#fall color#full sun#drought tolerant#perennial#orange leaves#purple leaves#fall interest#ornamental grass#grass#broomstraw#beard grass#perennial grass#bright orange#native garden#long lifespan#native ornamental grass#poor soils tolerant#food source fall#food source herbage#coastal FAC#sandy soils tolerant#clay soils tolerant#bird friendly#food source hard mast fruit#mammals#fall color orange#butterfly larvae#Piedmont Mountains FACU#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Andropogon
    Species:
    virginicus
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    N. & Central America, Caribbean to Venezuela
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Tolerant of poor soil (sand, clay) and drought
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Ornamental Grasses and Sedges
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Description:
    Fruit displays from October to November.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Orange
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Flower Description:
    The flower inflorescence appears in September, turns bright orange in fall, and is attractively silver when back lit.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Orange
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Orange
    Leaf Type:
    Sheath
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    Green leaves and stems turns dark red-purple then bright orange in late fall.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Orange
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Andropogon virginicus has green leaves and stems turns dark red-purple then bright orange in late fall.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Fairy Garden
    Garden for the Blind
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Barrier
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Poor Soil