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Broomsedge Bluestem (Andropogon virginicus)

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Andropogon Virginicus, or more commonly know as Broomsedge Bluestem, is a graminoid with green foliage and yellow flowers of the genus Andropogon. It has a slow growth rate and a height of 3 feet at maturity. Its duration is perennial which means it will grow year after year. It's active growth period is summer, blooms during late spring and is intolerant of shade. Andropogon Virginicus or Broomsedge Bluestem's floral region is North America US Lower 48, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, specifically in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

  • Category: Monocot
  • Genus: Andropogon
  • Family: Poaceae
  • Order: Cyperales
  • Class: Liliopsida
  • Division: Magnoliophyta
  • Duration: Perennial
  • Growth Habit: Graminoid
  • Native Status: L48 (N) HI (I) PR (N) CAN (N)
  • State Noxious Status: HI (NW)
  • State Noxious Common Name: HI (broomsedge)
  • PLANTS Invasive Status: HEAR KY N'EAST STATE SWSS
  • National Wetland Indicator Status: UPL FAC
  • Regional Wetland Indicator Status: 1(FACU) 2(FAC-) 3(FAC-) 5(FAC) 6(FACU+) 0(FAC) C(UPL) H(FACU)
  • Active Growth Period: Summer
  • After Harvest Regrowth Rate: Slow
  • Allelopath: No
  • Bloat: None
  • C:N Ratio: High
  • Coppice Potential: No
  • Fall Conspicuous: No
  • Fire Resistance: No
  • Flower Color: Yellow
  • Flower Conspicuous: No
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Foliage Porosity Summer: Moderate
  • Foliage Porosity Winter: Porous
  • Foliage Texture: Medium
  • Fruit/Seed Color: Brown
  • Fruit/Seed Conspicuous: No
  • Growth Form: Bunch
  • Growth Rate: Slow
  • Height Mature (feet): 3
  • Leaf Retention: No
  • Lifespan: Moderate
  • Low Growing Grass: No
  • Resprout Ability: No
  • Shape and Orientation: Erect
  • Toxicity: None
  • Adapted to Coarse Textured Soils: No
  • Adapted to Fine Textured Soils: Yes
  • Adapted to Medium Textured Soils: Yes
  • Anaerobic Tolerance: None
  • CaCO3 Tolerance: High
  • Cold Stratification Required: No
  • Drought Tolerance: High
  • Fertility Requirement: Low
  • Fire Tolerance: High
  • Frost Free Days Minimum: 135
  • Hedge Tolerance: None
  • Moisture Use: Medium
  • pH (Minimum): 4.9
  • pH (Maximum): 7
  • Precipitation (Minimum): 30
  • Precipitation (Maximum): 45
  • Root Depth Minimum (inches): 14
  • Salinity Tolerance: None
  • Shade Tolerance: Intolerant
  • Temperature Minimum (°F): -18
  • Bloom Period: Late Spring
  • Commercial Availability: Routinely Available
  • Fruit/Seed Abundance: Low
  • Fruit/Seed Period Begin: Summer
  • Fruit/Seed Period End: Summer
  • Fruit/Seed Persistence: No
  • Propagated by Bare Root: No
  • Propagated by Bulbs: No
  • Propagated by Container: No
  • Propagated by Corms: No
  • Propagated by Cuttings: No
  • Propagated by Seed: Yes
  • Propagated by Sod: No
  • Propagated by Sprigs: No
  • Propagated by Tubers: No
  • Seed per Pound: 800000
  • Seed Spread Rate: Slow
  • Seedling Vigor: Low
  • Small Grain: No
  • Vegetative Spread Rate: None




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