PURPLE LOVE GRASS

Eragrostis spectabilis

Purple Love Grass, Eragrostis spectabilis, commonly called purple love grass is a warm season bunchgrass. Flat, coarse, mostly basal, green leaves (to 10″ long and 3/8″ wide) 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 along.

SPECS: Genus: Eragrostis ; Species: Spectabilis; Plant Type: Grass; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun; Soil Moisture: Medium Dry, Dry; Height: 1′ — 2′; Spread: 2′; Plant Spacing: 3′ — 4′; Bloom Time: July — September; Bloom Color: Purple, Red; Advantages: Deep root system, Erosion control, Grassland restoration, Lawn alternative, Low maintenance, Pollinator conservation, Pollinators, Privacy screen; USDA Zone: 5 — 9; Attracts: Butterflies, Songbirds; Tolerant: Deer, Drought, Dry soils, Erosion; Plant Community: COMPANION & UNDERSTUDY PLANTS: Try pairing Eragrostis spectabilis with Aster divaricatus, Callirhoe involucrata, Carex pensylvanica, Liatris microcephala, Monarda punctata, Rudbeckia fulgida, Schizachrium scoparium, Solidago rigida or Sporobolis heterolepis;