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Eragrostis spectabilis (Purple Love Grass)

Purple Lovegrass, Purple Love Grass, Purple Plains Lovegrass, Tumblegrass, Petticoat Climber, Spectacular Love Grass, Eragrostis spectabilis var. sparsihirsuta, Poa spectabilis


Adding a touch of romance to the late season garden, Eragrostis spectabilis (Purple Love Grass) is a clump-forming, warm season, perennial grass forming an airy cloud of small, red-purple flowers from late summer to mid fall. The showy inflorescence, up to 15 in. long (37 cm) and 20 in. across (50 cm), seems to float above the dense tuft of flat, narrow, green leaves, 12 in. long (30 cm). It holds its pretty color for several weeks before fading to soft cream when the leaves turn reddish-purple. As the seeds mature, the inflorescence detaches from the plant in winter and disperses in the wind like tumbleweed to establish new colonies. Purple Love Grass spreads by seeds and short rhizomes. This fine-textured bunch-forming grass makes an attractive display when planted in groups in perennial borders, meadows or open woodlands. It is also often used for erosion control on banks. The inflorescence is excellent for dried flower arrangements.

  • Grows up to 12-24 in. tall and wide (30-60 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun in medium to light, moderately fertile, dry to moist, well-drained soils. Tolerates poor, infertile soil and has good drought tolerance. It is intolerant of heavy, wet soils. In colder areas may need some winter protection.
  • Graceful addition to beds and borders,city gardens, cottage gardens, prairies and meadows.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Deer resistant.
  • Cut back old stems to the ground in early spring before growth resumes.
  • Propagate by seed or division in spring
  • Native to North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" – 30" (60cm – 75cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Katja Schulz, Flickr, Chanticleer Garden

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" – 30" (60cm – 75cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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