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Broomsedge Bluestem (Andropogon virginicus)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Broomsedge Bluestem
Andropogon virginicus

A yellow dye is obtained from the stems[257]. Onion skins are sometimes added when making the dye[257].

  • Medicinal Use

    A decoction of the roots is used in the treatment of backaches[222].

    A tea made from the leaves is used in the treatment of diarrhoea[222]. Externally, it is used as a wash for frostbite, sores, itching, piles and poison ivy rash[222, 257].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – surface sow in early spring in a greenhouse. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on for the first winter in a cold greenhouse. Plant out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring.
Requires a light porous sandy soil in full sun[200]. Plants are often found in very acid soils in the wild[236]. This plant was inadvertantly introduced to the Hawain Islands in 1932 and has spread widely there. It is considered to be one of the most threatening of exotic species, invading native habitats and altering the fire and hydrology regimes[274].
Eastern N. America – New York to Florida, west to Texas, Illinois and Ohio.

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