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:
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.