Broom Sedge Bluestem (Andropogon virginicus) – PURE COREOPSIS SEED – OUT TIL FALL

Broom Sedge Bluestem (Andropogon virginicus)

         OUT TIL FALL 2016

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Broom Sedge Bluestem

Broom Sedge Bluestem

Broom Sedge Bluestem (Andropogon virginicus) is a native, warm-season, herbaceous, perennial bunch grass that is popular in ornamental landscaping.  In areas where growth is abundant cattle happily graze on the young plants during the spring and early summer soon after growth starts. From a nutritional perspective it is low except during these early growth stages. However, its nutritional value increases considerably by prescribed burning. When mature broom sedge bluestem is unpalatable. Several species of birds and mammals feed on the seed during winter when other food sources are not available. Quail in particular like the cover afforded by broom sedge bluestem as it tends to surround and overtop their nests. Broom sedge bluestem starts to grow when average daytime temperature range between 60° to 65° F. The slender, erect culms are up to 4 feet tall. The flattened sheaths are overlapping and with a few scattered hairs. The upper part of the plant is rounded and the lower part is slightly flattened and keeled. The blade is ⅛ to ¼ inch wide, 10 to 16 inches long and rough to the touch above. The ligule is small and membranous. The inflorescence has a panicle of two to four racemes about 1 inch long. The bases of the panicle branches are enclosed in an inflated, tawny spathe as long or longer than the spikelet. The upper lemma of the sessile spikelet has a straight awn that is ½ inch long. The pedicillate spikelet is absent. The seeds mature in 6 weeks to 2 months. Generally occurring in small clumps, broom sedge bluestem will grow in a wide variety of sunny, open habitats ranging from grassland and pastures to open woodlands. While preferring sandy soils this grass will grow on a variety of different soil textures. Furthermore, broom sedge grows well on low-fertility, eroded soils and as such, it is an ideal plant to assist in erosion control.
Broom Sedge Bluestem - Andropogon virginicus - Distribution

Broom Sedge Bluestem - Andropogon virginicus - Distribution

Broom sedge bluestem can be grown from either seeds or plant division, although seed planting is the preferred method. Planting should occur in late winter as a dormant seeding or when average daily temperatures reach the low 60s F. The seed can be broadcast and cultipacked if the right field conditions exist. The seeding rate should be 10 to 12 pure live seed pounds/acre. The seeds should be planted to a depth of ¼ to ¾ inch. If the right field conditions do not exist or intensive seedbed preparation is undesirable, then disk the site and leave the surface as rough as possible. Do not attempt to create a smooth uniform appearance for the seedbed. Broadcast the seed and leave it undisturbed. When seeding under minimal seedbed preparation, increase the seeding rate by 50%. As broom sedge bluestem will grow in low-fertility soils fertilizing is not a requirement.  Overgrazing and frequent haying of broom sedge bluestem results in an increase of this plant. If broom sedge bluestem becomes weedy, burning, plowing, or mowing is recommended.

Broom sedge bluestem is used as an ornament in landscaping. The infloresence is orange in the fall and remains throughout the winter thus providing color to the landscape.

Broom Sedge Bluestem Closeup

Broom Sedge Bluestem Closeup

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