Andropogon virginicus

Broom Sedge

Tips for Homeowners:

This is a useful grass for Erosion Control, Rain Gardens and Stormwater Management.  Andropogon virginicus provides Fall Color and Winter Interest.  Plants are appropriate for Water Wise Landscapes, Meadows, Roadsides and Restoration Projects.

Little maintenance except to be cut or burned to the ground in late winter.

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  • Clump forming grass with an upright or vase shaped habit and dense fibrous roots.
  • Leaves are medium green and erect.
  • Foliage turns a lovely golden orange in fall and winter.

Height: 2-3 ft
Spread: 2-3 ft
Spacing: 36-48 in

Zone: 5-9
Color: Green, Yellow

Interesting Notes about Andropogon virginicus:

Provides cover and nesting material for Quail and other birds.

On late winter afternoons, a field of Broom Sedge is quite a spectacle with glowing coppery foliage and silvery hairs that refract the sunlight. 

Prospers in sunny sites with disturbed or poor infertile soils.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Naturalizing
  • Native
  • Fall Color


  • Sun/ pt.shade

Foliage Color:

  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Red
  • Orange


  • Self seeds readily

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Dry Soil
  • Moist, Well-Drained

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