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 bluish 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. Ships in 3" pots. Zones 5-9. Eragrostis spectabilis.
With its vivid spikelets, Purple Love Grass makes a dramatic, colorful addition to modern, rustic or traditional landscapes. In late summer, these Eragrostis spectabilis burst clusters of small, brilliant red flowers that remain on the branches for several weeks. Dry love grass after blooming season and extend your enjoyment of these tall and flashy perennial plants.
Cultivate Purple Love Grass for a dazzling rose-red perennial that boosts visual appeal to gardens, borders, entryways and open meadows. Known scientifically as Eragrostis spectabilis, these tall, showy grasses reach heights between 18 and 24 inches, and their densely clumping spreads reach an impressive 12 to 18 inches. This eye-catching love grass variety flowers tiny colorful florets that seem to glow when backlit by the setting sun. The foliage of these perennial plants changes from lovely light green to rich bronze in fall, and, during this season, the narrow leaves may even take on a slightly bluish tint as well.
Botanical Name: Eragrostis spectabilis
Common Name: Love Grass
Form: Herbaceous perennial
Root System: Fibrous
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.
Duration: Several weeks.
Cut Flowers: Yes
Dried Flowers: Yes
Shipping Season: both Spring & Fall
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 bluish 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.