Eragrostis spectabilis

Eragrostis spectabilis


Eragrostis spectabilis


Eragrostis spectabilis, commonly called purple love grass, is a warm season bunchgrass. Flat, coarse, mostly basal, green leaves form a somewhat disorganized clump of foliage that typically rises to 10" tall. Soft reddish-purple flowers in a loose, open inflorescence appear in August, forming an airy cloud that covers the grass clump and raises the overall height of the plant to 24" tall. Flowers lose color and turn brown by October. As the seeds mature, the inflorescence usually detaches from the plant and blows along the ground like a tumbleweed distributing seed as it goes.



Grow in dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Plants generally perform best in sandy or gravelly loams in hot, dry locations. Plants tolerate infertile, poor soils. Good resistance to drought. Plants spread by self-seeding and by stems rooting along the ground at the nodes. Propagate by seed or division in spring.


Type: Ornamental grass

Family: Poaceae

Zone: 5 to 9

Height: 1.00 to 2.00 feet

Spread: 1.00 to 2.00 feet

Bloom Time: July to August

Bloom Description: Soft reddish-purple

Sun: Full sun

Water: Dry to medium

Maintenance: Low

Flower: Showy, Good Cut, Good Dried

Tolerate: Drought, Black Walnut, Air Pollution

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