Bright rose-red spikelets look as if they are glowing when backlit by a warm setting sun. Light green foliage turns a rich bronze color in fall with a slight purple-blue tint. Makes quite a show when planted en masse in an open meadow or a naturalized garden setting. Forms dense 12-18" clumps and will slowly spread by rhizomes. Heat and drought tolerant. Reaches 18-24" tall. Plant in full sun to partial shade. Ships in 3" pots. Zones 5-9. Eragrostis spectabilis Deer tend to avoid.
Botanical Name: Eragrostis spectabilis
Common Name: Love Grass
Form: Herbaceous perennial
Sun Exposure: Partial Shade/Full Sun
Height/Habit: 18 - 24"
Spread: 12 - 18"
Spacing: 12 - 18"
Hardiness Zone: Zones 5 - 9
Flowering Date: Late summer onward for winter interest.
Shipping Season: Spring
Unique Characterstics: Bright rose-red spikelets look as if they are glowing when backlit by a warm setting sun. Light green foliage turns a rich bronze color in fall with a slight purple-blue tint. Makes quite a show when planted en masse in an open meadow or a naturalized garden setting. Densely clumping and will slowly spread by rhizomes.
Flower Color: Bright rose-Red
Flower Form: Sparsely to many branched panicles of small flat inflorescences.
Foliage Type: Narrow linear leaves that are flat or rolled. Light green with bronze fall color mixed with a slight bluish tint.
Pruning: In late winter or early spring trim back before new growth starts.
Soil Requirement: Tolerates poor dry soils but does best in sandy moist soils.
Additional Information: Extremely drought tolerant grass.
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"Bought 2, one in the ground, the other in a pot. Both grew well in full sun, but the one in the ground grew about 50% larger. I did get some red color but not like the photos. I am hoping their second season will yield better color, but the shape and wisps on top are lovely."
It is exactly or even better than it is described. After luxurious and abandon bloom dried branches can be used for flower arrangements. I decorated with them empty spots in my flower beds in early spring. Very easy to grow and spectacular view in fall!
This is the prettiest of the small grasses.it is just as pictured and can be divided.
Planted two in early spring. Now they are about 2 1/2 feet tall and 2 feet wide. They are a rich green foilage now...looking forward to fall to see if they turn purple.