Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


89

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in old fields, on roadbanks, disturbed sites, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Raceme (usually 2 per peduncle)

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Grain purplish/Yellowish
Grain

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Andropogon virginicus var. virginicus   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Andropogon virginicus var. virginicus   FAMILY Poaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-87-007:
Andropogon virginicus   FAMILY Poaceae

LESS THAN Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Andropogon virginicus var. virginicus

 

COMMON NAME:
Broomsedge, Broomsedge Bluestem, Old-field Broomstraw, "Sedge Grass"


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image of Andropogon virginicus var. virginicus

JK Marlow    jkm0301b_23

January    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

image of Andropogon virginicus var. virginicus

JK Marlow    jkm0501c_27

January    Greenville County    SC

Field

image of Andropogon virginicus var. virginicus

JK Marlow    jkm110228_753b

February    Greenville County    SC

Dried curled basal leaves remain through most of the summer, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Andropogon virginicus var. virginicus

JK Marlow    s020411_a

February        

image of Andropogon virginicus var. virginicus

JK Marlow    jkm0403p_28b

March    Greenville County    SC

Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Preserve

Dried straw-colored plants remain upright until the following spring, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Andropogon virginicus var. virginicus

JK Marlow    jkm0406f_30

June    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

image of Andropogon virginicus var. virginicus

JK Marlow    jkm0407s_15

July    Greenville County    SC

Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Preserve

Leaf blades flat or folded, 2-5mm wide, pilose on upper surface toward base, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Andropogon virginicus var. virginicus

JK Marlow    jkm0309f_09

September    Greenville County    SC

Sheaths glabrous or more or less pilose along margins, occ conspicuously so, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Andropogon virginicus var. virginicus

JK Marlow    jkm0211c_15 on right

November    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

On the left is Splitbeard Bluestem; on the right is Broomsedge.

image of Andropogon virginicus var. virginicus

JK Marlow    jkm0211h_08

November    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

image of Andropogon virginicus var. virginicus

JK Marlow    jkm0312b_17

December    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Racemes shorter than the bractlike leaves clasping them, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

image of Andropogon virginicus var. virginicus

JK Marlow    jkm0412a_24

December    Greenville County    SC

Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Preserve

Inflorescences distributed somewhat uniformly in plant's upper half or more, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

image of Andropogon virginicus var. virginicus

JK Marlow    jkm0412a_28

December    Greenville County    SC

Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Preserve

image of Andropogon virginicus var. virginicus

JK Marlow    jkm151227_874

December    Pickens County    SC