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Beard grass

Andropogon spp.

Also known as

Shepherd's beard, Bluestem grass, Broomsedge

Andropogon hallii 1 by Matt Lavin (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size





    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

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    Beard grass Overview

    Andropogon is a genus containing roughly 112 species of clumping grass from the Poaceae family, known commonly as Beard Grass or Broomsedge. They have a large native range, including most of Asia, Africa, the Americas, Southern Europe and multiple oceanic islands. Due to their drought tolerance, resilient nature and nice colouration ranging from green to red-purple, these make good landscaping plants and are also grown as ornamental garden plants.

    How to propagate Beard grass



    Divide from mid spring to early summer.

    Special features of Beard grass

    Attractive leaves

    Ground cover

    Drought resistant

    Other uses of Beard grass

    Ornamental value