Broomsedge bluestem

Andropogon virginicus

Poaceae


Description

This bunchgrass grows in small tufts. The flat base is usually yellow. The overlapping, flattened sheaths are hairy along the margin of the upper blade surface toward the base. The upper two-thirds of the plant is freely branching. Leaves turn straw yellow when mature. Stems grow stiffly erect. Ligules are ciliate. The seed heads are partly enclosed in a sheath (spathe).

Broomsedge bluestem is a perennial, warm-season, native - 24 to 48 inches tall.

Poor grazing for livestock and wildlife.


Habitat

Grows mostly on loose, sandy, moist soils in uplands and woodlands and invades overgrazed ranges and turn-back farmlands.


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