Broomcorn is available as ‘hurl’, with no stalk, or as ‘craft broomcorn’, which retains the stalk for plaiting. Also known as Sorghum bicolor, it is a tall grass species that is cultivated for its long, stiff fibres. It is primarily grown for the production of brooms, hence its name. The fibres of the broomcorn plant are relatively straight and durable, making them suitable for sweeping and cleaning purposes.

Sorghum has been used for centuries in the production of brooms and brushes. The stalks of the plant are harvested, dried, and then the seeds are removed. The resulting fibres, known as broomcorn, are bundled together and attached to a handle or support structure to create a broom.

In addition to its use in broom-making, broomcorn has also found applications in the production of crafts, such as decorative wreaths and baskets. Its unique appearance, with bushy seed heads at the top of the stalks, adds a distinctive aesthetic element to these creations.

Broomcorn should be stored in a dry, cool place out of direct sunlight. Well stored broomcorn can last for years.