Herb: Broomsedge Bluestem


Latin name: Andropogon virginicus


Family: Gramineae (Grass Family)



Medicinal use of Broomsedge Bluestem:

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

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
120 cm
(4 feet)

Flovering:
September
to October

Habitat of the herb:

Open ground, old fields, open woods, sterile hills and sandy soils.

Other uses of Broomsedge Bluestem:

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

Propagation of the herb:

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.

Cultivation of Broomsedge Bluestem:

Open ground, old fields, open woods, sterile hills and sandy soils.

Known hazards of Andropogon virginicus:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.