PLANT BASE

Eragrostis spectabilis

Purple lovegrass

Height
Spread
Growth
habit
5-9
1-2'
1-2'
Form                           Lifecycle              Hardiness zone*
Informal clump
Grass/Grass-Like
Perennial

Purple Love Grass, Purple Plains Lovegrass, Tumblegrass, Petticoat Climber

APPEARANCE
Bloom time
Bloom color
August-October
Violet/ pinkish
Fall attractive seed head
Winter texture
USE FOR
Seasonal interest
ENVIRONMENT
Terminal clusters
Light
Water
Soil
Soil pH
Loam, Sand
Adaptable
Soil Preference
Sandy, dry, well-drained
HABITAT & NATIVE RANGE
Meadows and sandy soils, plains, open woods, disturbed sites
Eastern and central US from Maine to Florida, west to Arizona, Wyoming, and North Dakota
ENVIRONMENTAL TOLERANCE
Black walnut, Air pollution, Foot traffic, Drought, Salt
BROWSE TOLERANCE
Black walnut, Air pollution, Foot traffic, Drought, Salt
Tolerance to browse by animals typically happens once plants are established. Young plants may still be quite susceptible.
SUGGESTED MAINTENANCE & COMMON PROBLEMS
Divide every 2-3 years, don't add thick mulch as will cause rot
COMPANION PLANTS
Orange coneflower,White wood aster,Little bluestem,Prairie dropseed,Black eyed susan
COMPANION TREES & SHRUBS
NOTES
Tolerate poor conditions and infertile soil as well as high levels of salt (can survive salting in winter)

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