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Eragrostis spectabilis (Purple lovegrass)
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Eragrostis spectabilis

Purple lovegrass

Fluffy clouds of bronze-red inflorescenses are soft and subtle in the sunlight. Light green foliage in summer turning to a bronzy-red in fall. Irresistable texture plant for the late summer garden.

Eragrostis spectabilis LP50 - 50 per flat $57.75
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18-24 Inches


2-3 Feet


12 Inches

Bloom Color

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

Purple lovegrass Interesting Notes

You’ll fall for love grass when panicles of reddish purple flowers rise above the foliage in late summer. Eragrostis spectabilis is a warm season bunch grass with narrow leaves arranged somewhat randomly in 10” clumps. Attractive throughout the growing season, the light green foliage turns stunning bronze-red in autumn. This grass needs full sun and will thrive in poor, sandy soil or any soil with good drainage. It prefers even moisture but can be quite drought tolerant. Love grass will slowly spread by rhizomes to a width of about 3’ and may self seed. Use it alone in mass plantings or intermingle the 24” inflorescences with Rudbeckia fulgidaRuellia humilis, and Eurybia divaricata. - Mt. Cuba Center

From the Greek eros (love) and agrostis (grass). (Darke, Ornamental Grasses, p. 191)

Eragrostis spectabilis Growing and Maintenance Tips

Tolerates infertile, sandy and poor soils in full sun and is drought tolerant. Spreads slowly via rhizomes and seed. Propagate by seed or division of clumps every few years. Cut foliage to the ground in early spring before new growth occurs. Use in perennial borders, mass plantings, as a specimen or groundcover in open woodland areas.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Full Sun
Full Sun
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Propagation Type
Open pollinated
Grass Type: Warm Season
Erosion Control
Dry Sun
Native to North America