Wooden Surface

Eragrostis spectabilis

There is so much to love about purple lovegrass. It is a tough little plant, drought hardy, and brings subtle waves of color and texture to the landscape.


The grass blades are blueish-green at the base and transform to a lovely reddish-purple at the tips. A field of purple lovegrass is breathtaking.


This perennial is self-seeding, and can be kept in check by deadheading the seed panicles. This is an excellent plant along the roadside and hellstrips as it can handle the salt load from the roads.


Use purple lovegrass throughout your landscape, in garden areas, green roofs, rock gardens, and biological restoration areas.


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photos courtesy of Dan Wilder

Eragrostis spectabilis (Purple lovegrass)

  • details

    SIZE: 1/2 quart pot or 2 gallon pot
    type: grass
    sun needs: full sun, part sun/part shade
    water needs: dry to average soil
    height: 2'
    plant spacing: 1/sq ft
    bloom time: July, August
    bloom color: purple, pink
  • good plant companions

    asters, Pennsylvania sedge, spotted bee balm, little bluestem, goldenrod

  • special notes

    salt tolerant. Some salt exposure should not be fatal to the plant but some leaf burning may still occur.
    deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)