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Purple love grass

Purple love grass

Purple love grass

Its very beautiful in the sun and quite elegant in the shade. Its tall trunks are constantly curled in a perfect spiral. Its foliage is a molten, bronze-hued gold.ason grass that grows actively during the summer when soil temperatures are warm. It reaches heights of 1-2 feet even in the driest, poorest of soils. It thrives in full sun and sandy sites - even roadsides that receive winter road salt. Purple Love Grass can also grow under Black Walnut trees where other plants fail.The seed heads (or florets) bloom mid-summer in shades of light to bright purple, giving an overall purple haze to the landscape. This tough ornamental grass is an absolutely stunning addition to any rock garden or drier landscape.A Prairie Moon • July 31 It does spread both by rhizomes and seed, but not aggressively so. Before the purple inflorescence in July or August, the grass clump could be confused for common lawn weeds like quack or crabgrass. If it is indeed Purple Love Grass, a mower should stop it from spreading more.

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Adding a touch of romance to the late season garden, Eragrostis spectabilis (Purple Love Grass) is a clump-forming, warm season, perennial grass forming an airy cloud of small, red-purple flowers from late summer to mid fall. The showy inflorescence, up to 15 in. long (37 cm) and 20 in. across (50 cm), seems to float above the dense tuft of flat, narrow, green leaves, 12 in. long (30 cm). It holds its pretty color for several weeks before fading to soft cream when the leaves turn reddish-purple. As the seeds mature, the inflorescence detaches from the plant in winter and disperses in the wind like tumbleweed to establish new colonies. Purple Love Grass spreads by seeds and short rhizomes. This fine-textured bunch-forming grass makes an attractive display when planted in groups in perennial borders, meadows or open woodlands. It is also often used for erosion control on banks. The inflorescence is excellent for dried flower arrangements.

The large inflorescence is attractive, forming a purple haze in the distance. Purple Love Grass has spread throughout the state along roads and railways, but it is selective in the habitats that it invades. On moist fertile ground, taller grasses and forbs will displace this species. Compared to many other Eragrostis spp. (Love Grasses), Purple Love Grass has wider leaf blades (3-8 mm. across), an inflorescence that is longer than the rest of the plant, pedicels that are longer than the spikelets, and more showy purple spikelets. There is some variation in the size of the spikelets, lemmas and glumes; also, the hairiness of the foliage can be variable across different populations.Purple Love Grass makes a beautiful groundcover and is dramatic in a mass planting. As a tough, low-maintenance grass, it works well in meadows, borders, and on highway embankments—just to name a few! World-renowned designer Piet Oudolf used Eragrostis spectabilis on New York City’s Highline and in Chicago’s Lurie Garden. (Source: hoffmannursery.com)

 

 

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