Love Grass Purple Eragrostis Spectabilis is one of the most popular North America native ornamental grasses. Love Grass Purple seeds can be started indoors or directly outdoors after last frost, and this ornamental grass forms clumps and blooms summer through fall with showy, soft-looking reddish-purple flowers forming an airy cloud that covers the grass clump, and the purple frothiness of the flowers looks fabulous in mass plantings next to gray foliage plants or yellow flowered plants for contrast. Eragrostis Spectabilis provides nesting cover for ground birds and attracts butterflies, and the foliage turns a pretty red-bronze in late fall.
Love Grass Purple is great for a natural look or wildlife garden,and other garden uses include beds, borders, and containers. Eragrostis Spectabilis seeds are easy to germinate, and once established, Purple Love Grass is very drought tolerant that makes it suitable for xeriscaping. The sandy soil or gravelly loams in hot, dry locations is the best for growing this plant. The maintenance includes cutting the grass back in winter to prepare for spring growth. The inflorescence of Purple Love Grass makes and excellent cut flower and an outstanding addition to dried flower arrangements.
Height: 20 Inches
Bloom Season: Summer/Fall
Soil Type: Average/Poor/Dry/Moist well-drained, pH 5.8-6.8
USDA Zones: 5-10
Sow Indoors: Winter/Spring (4-6 weeks before last frost)
Sow Outdoors: Spring
Seed Depth: Surface sowing - press seeds slightly into the soil
Germination Time: 14-21 Days
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