View Larger Broom Corn

Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Pioneer Farm

  • Pioneer Farm

  • Hardiness Zones

    USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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    This large plant is used to make brooms. However, it is not a true corn.


    Seeds available to purchase from Mount Vernon

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    Latin Name

    Sorghum vulgare



    Type of Plant

    Annuals Annuals
    Crops Crops

    Bloom Season

    July - August


    Fall Fall


    Max height Max Height: 12'
    Max spread Max Spread: 3'


  • Annual
  • Crop

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun

    Attracted Wildlife

    Birds Birds


    Native Range

    Central Africa


    This was a popular colonial plant used for making brooms.

    Other Details

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    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

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    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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