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Purple Lovegrass*

Eragrostis spectabilis

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Purple Lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis) at Make It Green Garden Centre

Purple Lovegrass

Purple Lovegrass

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Plant Height:  10 inches

Flower Height:  24 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Description:

This variety is a warm season bunchgrass suited sandy, rocky sites that are hot and dry; soft reddish-purple flowers rise above the foliage in mid summer, turning brown by fall; clumps can be divided in spring

Ornamental Features

Purple Lovegrass features showy plumes of plum purple flowers rising above the foliage from mid summer to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its grassy leaves remain green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Purple Lovegrass is an herbaceous perennial grass with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Self-Seeding

Purple Lovegrass is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Purple Lovegrass will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America. It can be propagated by division.

Purple Lovegrass is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Texture 
Ornamental Features