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Purple love grass
Eragrostis spectabilis
Poaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Groundcover in sunny moist soils. Wildflower gardens.
Availability:
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
Description:
Medium herbaceous grass.
Dimensions:
About 2-3 feet in height. About as broad as tall, or somewhat broader.
Growth Rate:
Fast.
Range:
Eastern, central and southern North America, and scattered nearly throughout Florida south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties; Mexico.
Habitats:
Pinelands and open, disturbed sites.
Soils:
Moist to wet, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Purple inflorescence.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy inflorescence.
Flowering Season:
Summer-fall.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous caryopsis.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.


 


Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton