Eragrostis spectabilis

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Purple Lovegrass

Poaceae (Gramineae)

Plant Specifics

Size:2-4 ft tall by 2-3 ft wide
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:Purple
Phenology:Winter dormant. Forms dense clumps. Blooms in fall.
Noted for:Showy flowers, Showy fruits


Recommended Uses:Makes a good border plant that becomes a pink haze in the fall.
Propagation:Seeds are available through the Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Short very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:



Birds and other wildlife consume seed. 


Larval host for zabulon skipper (Poanes zabulon).

Native Habitats:Flatwoods, sandhills, lake shores, 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