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Andropogon virginicus

Also called Whisky Grass


More About Andropogon virginicus

  • Narrow clumps of green stems and leaves turn purplish-red
  • Fall colour is a bright orange changing to straw-yellow in the winter
  • Prolific seed producer with high germination rates
  • Brown seedheads
  • Bloom Time: Late summer into fall
  • Grass Type: Warm Season

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario 

Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring. They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer. They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter. Most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions.

 

Zone:

3

Height:

100-125 cm

Spread:

40-60 cm

Colour:

Brown
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Broom Sedge Growing and Maintenance Tips

This invasive species thrives in poor soils, tolerates a range of habitats, is less palatable to grazing animals than other pasture plants, and competes by allelopathy, which means it releases herbicidal chemicals from its dying tissues.


Andropogon virginicus Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Long Blooming
Long Blooming
Heat Tolerant
Heat Tolerant
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Dried Flower/Foliage
Dried Flower/Foliage
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance

Soil Moisture

Moist to Average
Well-drained
Average to Dry Soils

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Fall Color
Xeriscape
Deciduous

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Fall

Habit

Clumping
Upright

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Roadside planting
Woodland/woods edge
Foundation planting
Naturalizing