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)
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
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)