Eragrostis elliottii

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Elliott's Lovegrass

Poaceae (Gramineae)

Plant Specifics

Size:1-3 ft tall by 1-2 ft wide
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:Green
Phenology:Winter dormant. Forms dense clumps. Blooms in fall.
Noted for:Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Wildflower garden. Mass plantings.
Propagation:Seed, division.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:High. Can tolerate significant and ongoing amounts of salty wind and salt spray without injury.
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:



Small birds and other wildlife consume the seed.


Larval host for zabulon skipper (Poanes zabulon).

Native Habitats:Flatwoods, sandhill, wet prairie, cutthroat seeps, dry hammocks, disturbed sites.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures