Plant types and subtypes: Grasses, Prairie Grasses, Ornamental Grasses
Light Requirements: sun
Water Use: low
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: average, poor, loam, sand, gravel/rock
Bloom Time: July, August, September
Bloom Color: purple, pink
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Additional Tags: clumping, cut flowers, deer resistant, drought tolerant, fall interest, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, rock garden plant
Pricing & Availability
Eragrostis spectabilisAlso known as:
purple love grass,
purple plains lovegrass,
Eragrostis spectabilis var. sparsihirsuta, Poa spectabilis
Eragrostis spectabilis is a warm season bunchgrass, and a real show-stopper! It is well-behaved, and forms neat clumps of fine-textured, light-green foliage, up to 24" tall at maturity. When its inflorescence ripens, in late summer, it will create the impression of a purple mist floating in the garden. During the fall season, the foliage turns beautiful shades of orange and bronze.
Purple lovegrass does not spread aggressively and maintains a nice rounded shape. it can be effectively mixed with herbaceous perennials in a flower bed where it will provide a fine-textured contrast, or can be used to create ornamental grass borders. It thrives in any type of well-drained soil, even infertile ones. Although it prefers some moisture during the early growing season, established plants should be considered drought resistant. Perfect for a hot, sunny location. Zones 4-11
Easy to propagate by seed. Stratification is not required. Clump division is also an option.
Eragrostis spectabilis desreves its specific epithet because it truly is spectacular. It is not particularly attractive to deer. Although they might browse young shoots early in the growing season, the plants quickly become unpalatable.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY
|Species||Eragrostis spectabilis||purple lovegrass|