Purple Love Grass, Tumble Grass (Eragrostis spectablis)-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Ornamental Grass

Purple Love Grass, Tumble Grass
Eragrostis spectablis

Purple Lovegrass <em>Eragrostis spectablis</em>
Purple Lovegrass Eragrostis spectablis

Mound shaped plant with light green fine textured leaves. Red-purple flowers appear in June-August and cover the plant in a reddish cloud. Foliage turns reddish in the fall.

This is a clump forming cool season grass.

Prefers sandy well-drained soil in full sun. Drought tolerant. 
Mature Height
2-3 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone
5 - 8 
Soil Conditions
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Sun
Foliage Color
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Additional Notes
Excellent accent plant or as a mass planting. Compact size good for use in borders. Good for use in the dry garden. Plant does not like damp wet soils in shady locations.


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