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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.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

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.

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
   
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 Sep to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are 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.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
None known
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].
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).
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].
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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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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