Meet My Co-Worker: Broom Sedge (Andropogon virginicus)

August 25, 2017

By: Barb Holtz

In kindergarten one of the rules is to be kind to others. A good rule for kindergarten and life. But, alas, no one likes everyone. It's no different in the seed room at OPN. There are seeds I can do without not because they aren't worthy of plant-dom but because they are arduous. They do NOT follow another kindergarten rule: play well with others. Enter Broom Sedge.

Our Woodland Edge Native Seed Mix is one of my favorites and is also very popular with customers. Have that medium moisture, semi-shady spot in your yard? This mix is for you. Chock full of blooms and backdrop greenery, this nature buffet is pleasing to the human and pollinator eye. If only it didn't contain Broom Sedge. It isn't even a sedge! It's a grass!

Okay, stop right there. I know what you're thinking, I don't want Broom Sedge in my yard. Broom Sedge is fine for your yard. It's simply no fun for the seed order filler and mixer (that's me). I open the Broom Sedge container and it's EVERYWHERE, like trying to herd puppies onto the scale. It's clumpy and likes to stay that way. Becoming part of the mix? It takes some teasing and coaxing, literally.

Whew, okay, I'm done. Enough ranting for today. Embrace Broom Sedge for your landscape, but just remember to tip your hat to the seed sender who wrestled it into the bag.

Broom Sedge Seed
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