Andropogon virginicus
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Hardiness Zone: 5-9 Height: 1.5-3 feet; 0.5-0.9 metres Spread: 1-2 feet; 0.3-0.6 metres Sun: Full sun Water: Dry Wildlife: A diversity of insects feed on this plant including leafhoppers, leaf beetles and caterpillars. Field Sparrows and Tree Sparrows will feed on the seeds and deer and cattle will feed on the foliage. In the winter, the dried-out foliage serves as a shelter for insects. Culture: Prefers barren soil containing clay, sand or gravel. It is able to survive in hot and dry weather and grows mostly during the summer and early fall. Noteworthy Characteristics: Broom sedge is blue-green in colour until it reaches maturity and becomes a light brown and dry in appearance. This grass has flowering culms which develop into clusters of racemes. This plant pollinates by wind and a distinguishing characteristic is its hairy, flattened leaf sheaths. Garden Uses: Erosion control