Eragrostis spectabilis

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

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

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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
Fruit Color:Purple
Phenology:Winter dormant. Forms dense clumps. Blooms in fall.
Habitats:Flatwoods, sandhills, lake shores, disturbed sites.

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Makes a good border plant that becomes a pink haze in the fall.
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
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 Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Sand

Wildlife

birdanimalcaterpillar

Birds and other wildlife consume seed. 

Larval host for zabulon skipper (Poanes zabulon).