Andropogon virginicus - Linnaeus
Poaceae (Grass) Family
Broom Sedge is one of the most common and noticeable native grasses. The plant often colonizes disturbed habitats and is a major component of many native grasslands. It is especially noticeable during the winter months when the erect stems and foliage become an orange-brown color. Broom Sedge is available as seed form some nurseries that sell native grasses. It prefers a well-draining soil in full sun. Broom Sedge can be used as a filler in prairies and wildflower plantings, and as a backdrop to beds of wildflowers. The dried stalks of Broom Sedge were gathered and made into brooms by the early settlers. Several forms of Broom Sedge have been variously recognized as varieties or species.