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Eragrostis spectabilis

Purple Lovegrass

Light green foliage forms a loose, open mound in the landscape that gives rise to tall, thin flowers stalks in August bearing a fine textured cloud of pinkish seed heads that put on quite a show. Even the foliage turns a bronzy red as the season cools. It thrives in sandy soils and is easy to grow. Irresistable texture for the late summer garden.




Benefits

  • Crucial to the life of many butterflies
  • Native songbirds love the seed
  • Very drought tolerant
  • Easy to grow and maintain
  • Deer resistant
  • Superb late landscape color from seed and foliage

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Tolerates infertile, sandy and poor soils in full sun and is drought tolerant. Spreads slowly by rhizomes and self seeds. Cut foliage to the ground in early spring before new growth occurs. Use in perennial borders,mass plantings, as a specimen or groundcover in open areas.


Height
18-24 Inches

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Spread
2-3 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

Native Range

Native from Maine to Minnesota, south to Florida and Arizona. Found on sandy or disturbed sites, plains and open woods.

Native Trivia

Grasses are important in your wildlife garden. They are often host plants for butterfly and skipper caterpillars. Birds benefit from the seed and many other small animals, use the plants for cover and for nesting material.

From the Greek eros (love) and agrostis (grass).

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Butterflies
Songbirds
Deer Resistant
Plan Sub Group
Low Grasses
Medium to Tall Grasses
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Attracts Wildlife
Mammals
Bloom Time
Fall
Late Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Coastal
Desert
Grassland
Foliage Color
Green
Light Green
Uses
Accent
Border
Container
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Specimen
Native to
Alabama
Arizona
Arkansas
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming