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PlantFiles: Purple Love Grass
Eragrostis spectabilis

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Eragrostis (er-uh-GROS-tis) (Info)
Species: spectabilis (speck-TAB-ih-liss) (Info)

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9 members have or want this plant for trade.

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Paris2013 On Jan 11, 2015, Paris2013 from Xi'an
China wrote:

The inflorescence of Eragrostis spectabilis is very beautiful,I love it!

Positive donn On Apr 28, 2006, donn from Great South Bay, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

I received seed for this grass in a trade in 2005. It was presented as Muhlenbergia capillaris, and germinated very well with winter sowing techniques, and was apparent quite early that it was not Mulhly. It bloomed profusely in it's first year, with the gorgeous purple mist, which faded after over a month to a beige mist. As the infloresence ages, it takes on a tumbleweed-like characteristic, breaking off from the plant, and carrying the seeds wherever the wind takes it. This is the point where I began harvesting the seeds, simply combing my fingers through the mist, and collecting the bunches that break off. After a couple of weeks, I had them all, and it amounted to several hundred thousand seeds. It took a bit of creative winnowing to clean them, but was worth the effort.

I love the grass, and will grow it in sweeps and masses, in front of taller ornamental grasses.

Neutral Karenn On Sep 18, 2004, Karenn from Mount Prospect, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I am in 4b/5a zone, and found this grass to be extremely prolific, even though hardiness is supposedly to zone 6. This summer I actually "removed" it from my gardens - I became tired of removing all the babies (some 25 feet from the mother) from unwanted places. It is very pretty when in flower, however the flowers are not durable, and do not last even through fall. To successfully "dead-head", you lose all effect of the "lavender mist" that makes this grass desirable.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Stratford, Connecticut
Wethersfield, Connecticut
Pensacola, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Chicago, Illinois
Elgin, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Bloomington, Indiana
Mathiston, Mississippi
Amityville, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
La Vernia, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia

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