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Bushy Beard Grass


Bushy Beard-grass (Andropogon glomeratus) is found in damp soil from New York southward. It is rarely more than three feet tall, and as the branches which bear the spikes are elongated the stems are crowned with dense, terminal panicles of hairy blossoms.

Aromatic perfumes are prepared from certain foreign grasses of this genus. Citronella oil is distilled from a species of Hindostan, and the roots of another are woven into the "Vessaries," or fanscreens, which, when dampened and hung in a current of air, before door or window, perfume and cool the house.