broomsedge

COMMON NAME: Broomsedge
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Andropogon virginicus
FAMILY: Poaceae
LIFECYCLE: Perennial
FEATURES: Growth habit: Erect perennial clump forming grass; Stem: Erect, stiff stems that branch as they
grow taller. Normally 2 to 4 feet in height; Leaf: 15 to 30 cm long with a fringe of haris along the
edge; Collar: Ligule is short and membranous with a fringe of hairs. Elongated hairs present along
leaf and leaf sheath edge; Inflorescence: a tall growing branching raceme. Inflorescence gives the
plant a feathery appearance due to the pappus attached to each seed.
DESCRIPTION: Broomsedge is most noticeable as clumpy brown stems that persist throughout the winter months.
New vegetative material will begin growing the next spring from perennial crowns. Broomsedge is
somewhat desirable in managed “natural” areas as a native plant species. Little known herbicidal
control, primarily only MSMA.

Broad View Unmowed grass clump

Broad View
Unmowed grass clump

Broad View Dormant grass clump.

Broad View
Dormant grass clump.

Leaf Collar region

Leaf
Collar region

Leaf Collar region with ligule

Leaf
Collar region with ligule