Broomsedge

Botanical Name : Andropogon virginicus
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Andropogon
Species: A. virginicus
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Poales

Common Name :Broomsedge,Broomsedge bluestem and Yellowsedge bluestem

Habitat :It is native to the southeastern United States and as far north as the Great Lakes. It is known as an introduced species in California and Hawaii, where it is weedy.

Broomsedge bluestem grows throughout the Southeast from the 25-inch mean annual precipitation belt (southeastern Nebraska south through eastern Texas) eastward.  It is found as far north as Iowa, Ohio, and New York. Outlying introduced populations occur in southern California and Hawaii

Description:
A. virginicus is a perennial grass forming narrow clumps of stems up to just over a meter in maximum height. Its stems and leaves are green when new, turning purplish to orange and then straw-colored with age. It produces large amounts of seeds small enough to disperse on the wind. This grass is successful in a wide range of habitats. It is a prolific seed producer, it has a high germination rate and seedling survival rate, and it thrives in poor soils
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Medicinal Uses:
A decoction of the roots is used in the treatment of backaches. A tea made from the leaves is used in the treatment of diarrhea. Externally, it is used as a wash for frostbite, sores, itching, piles and poison ivy rash.

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Resources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andropogon_virginicus
http://www.herbnet.com/Herb%20Uses_AB.htm
http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/graminoid/andvir/all.html

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