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Plant Profile  

Common Name: Broomsedge Bluestem

Species Name: Andropogon virginicus

Plant Type: Grasses & Grass-like

Family Name: Poaceae, Grass Family

Tribe: Andropogoneae, Bluestem Tribe





Plant Facts  
Origin Native
Duration Perennial
Season Warm
Distribution in the U.S. In the west, found from Iowa to Texas to Mexico and to California
Distribution in Oklahoma  Southeastern quarter



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics


    • Orange-brown or straw-colored leaves and stems in winter
    • Yellow-green leaves in spring and summer
    • Large bunchgrass
    • Stems flattened at base of plant
    • Blades folded near collar


    • Seed heads nested in stems; fuzzy and cream-colored
    • 2-5 branches per seed head with straight awns
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Plant Height: 40-115 centimeters
    • Ligule Type: Ciliate-membranous 
    • Sheath: Glabrous or villous
    • Leaves: Basal
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Inflorescence Type: Rame
    • Florets Per Spikelet: 2
    • Glumes: Equal



Soil Type Various, best growth in sandy soil 
Habitat Grows well in low fertility and pH sites like old fields that have been heavily eroded
Successional Stage All



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