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Andropogon virginicus / Blue Stem

    Andropogon virginicus / Blue Stem


    Andropogon virginicus, commonly known as Virginia broomsedge, is a warm-season perennial grass that is native to the eastern United States. It is a popular ornamental grass due to its attractive foliage and ability to grow in a variety of soil conditions.

    Product Characteristics:
    • Height: 2-4 feet
    • Spread: 1-2 feet
    • Flower color: Purple/brown
    • Flowering period: August to October
    • Foliage: Blue-green to yellow-green, turning copper in fall
    • Sunlight requirements: Full sun
    • Soil requirements: Tolerates a wide range of soil types, including poor, dry, or rocky soils
    • Hardiness Zone: 3

    Andropogon virginicus is commonly used in meadow gardens, naturalized areas, and as an accent plant in mixed borders. It is also used for erosion control, as it has a deep root system and can withstand drought conditions.

    Virginia broomsedge is a low-maintenance grass that requires little water and fertilizer once established. It is also deer resistant and attracts beneficial insects such as butterflies and bees.

    Companion Plants:

    • Coreopsis - verticillata 'Moonbeam' - This perennial produces bright yellow flowers that bloom in early to mid-summer, providing a splash of color against the green foliage of Andropogon virginicus.
    • Rudbeckia fulgida (Black-Eyed Susan) - A popular native perennial with bright yellow flowers that bloom in late summer and early fall, providing a pop of color against the grassy foliage of Andropogon virginicus.
    • Aster novae-angliae (New England Aster) - A native perennial with deep purple flowers that bloom in the fall, providing a stunning contrast to the green foliage of Andropogon virginicus.

    Care Instructions:
    Andropogon virginicus is a low-maintenance grass that requires little care once established. It prefers full sun and well-drained soil, but can tolerate a range of soil types. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Afterward, water only as needed.

    Final Thoughts:
    Andropogon virginicus is a versatile and easy-to-grow ornamental grass that adds interest to any garden with its striking foliage and unique texture. Its adaptability to a range of soil conditions and low-maintenance nature make it an excellent choice for gardeners of all levels of experience.