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Eragrostis spectabilis

Eragrostis spectabilis

Purple Lovegrass

Purple Lovegrass is a short warm season grass which is best planted in mass.  The effect is stunning when Eragrostis spectabilis comes into bloom in August and September.  The airy panicles are bright shades of reddish purple, making a showy carpet over sandy, dry and infertile soils.  In the fall the foliage takes on shades of reddish bronze.  This tough native provides good erosion control and a good choice for green roofs.  It is a good choice for roadside planting as it can handle infertile and polluted soils adjacent to the pavement.

Height

24 Inches

Spread

30 Inches

Bloom Color

Purple

USDA Hardiness Zone

5
Current Availability
Qty Avail Description Future Crop Future Crop Ready Date
218 Eragrostis spectabilis #1 (reddish purple) (480) (September)
27 Eragrostis spectabilis #2 (reddish purple) 224 late June
Characteristics & Attributes
Attributes
Deer Resistant
Dried Flower
Erosion Control
Fall Color - Attractive
Groundcover
Lawn Alternative
Native
Rain Garden Plants
Soil Conditions
Average
Dry
Sandy
Bloom Time
Fall
Summer
Exposure
Sun
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Foliage Color
Green
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Whorled Milkweed
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