Bushy Bluestem (Bushy Broomgrass, Bushy Beardgrass)
Scientific Name -
Andropogon glomeratus (Walt.) BSP.
Family - Gramineae
Perennial with several tall stems from a basal crown. Leaf sheaths flattened and keeled. Flowers green to reddish-purple , becoming straw colored upon maturity. Seeds with white silky hairs, paired. Reproduces by seed. Differs from broomsedge in that the seedheads are very dense and bushy in a cluster at the top of the stem. Found in wet areas of oil fields, pastures, and roadside ditches. Occurs from Massachusetts to Michigan, throughout the Atlantic coastal and southeastern states and Florida. Also occurs in Ontario, the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and Columbia. Naturalized in California, Hawaii, Japan and Australia.