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Eragrostis spectabilis

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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

Height: 1'-2'

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

Eragrostis spectabilis (purple lovegrass)
  • Eragrostis spectabilis (purple lovegrass)
  • Eragrostis spectabilis (purple lovegrass)

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Description

Eragrostis spectabilis

Also known as:

purple lovegrass

,

purple love grass

,

purple plains lovegrass

,

tumblegrass

,

petticoat climber

Scientific Synonyms:

Eragrostis spectabilis var. sparsihirsuta, Poa spectabilis

Description

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.

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Easy to propagate by seed. Stratification is not required. Clump division is also an option.

Additional Notes

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

Native Range:
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

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Cyperales
Family Poaceae Grass family
Genus Eragrostis lovegrass
Species Eragrostis spectabilis purple lovegrass