Broom-sedge or Beardgrass is a tough native grass that adds great beauty to sterile, dry meadows and open fields. The green upright stems take on shades of reddish burgundy in September, as they are coming into flower. The seedheads of Andropogon virginicus are an airy silver displayed all along the grass stems, and are particularly stunning when backlit by afternoon light. The fall and winter color of the strong upright stems is a bright orange tan. Its seed provides winter food for song birds and it is a host plant for the Zabulon Skipper butterfly. Andropogon virginicus is tolerant of high salt, drought, and wet or dry soils, making it an excellent plant for roadside habitats.