Purple Lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis)
Image: Pleasant Run Nursery
Eragrostis spectabilis, commonly called the Purple Lovegrass, is a warm season grass featuring red-purple panicles (cluster of flowers) that bloom in the late summer to early fall (August and September). In the fall, its flat green foliage turn red-bronze. When seeds have matured, the inflorescence may detach and distribute seeds along the ground. The plant can grow up to 2' tall with flowers. Purple Lovegrass can be planted to control erosion. It is tolerant to deer, drought, poor soils, and pollution.
Plant in dry to average, well-drained soils in full sun. For best performance, plant Purple Lovegrass in sandy loams, or hot and dry locations. It will spread through self seeding and by stem rooting. You can propagate by seed or by division during the spring.
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