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2021 Seed Catalog

Purple Lovegrass - ornamental grass - Eragrostis spectabilis

PR19004

Purple Love­grass

Ornamental Grass Seeds

Eragrostis spectabilis

Purple Lovegrass features tousled clumps of wiry, light blue-green leaves topped in late summer through fall by fine, billowy, 2 ft. tall and wide clouds of rosy-purple spikelets. Plants are especially striking when planted in drifts.

Purple Lovegrass is an extremely heat and drought tolerant clumping grass that thrives in challenging garden situations like heavy air pollution and proximity to black walnut trees. Purple Lovegrass is Native to most states in the U.S. and parts of Mexico. Winter hardy to zone 5.

250 seeds - $2.99
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How to Plant and Grow Purple Lovegrass

Plant Purple Lovegrass Seeds: Sow Purple Lovegrass seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil — do not cover. Needs light to germinate. Keep soil evenly moist. Kept at 66-74° F., germination is in 14-21 days. Can be direct sown in groups of 3 seeds, spaced 18 to 24 inches apart. Thinning seedlings is not required.

Grow Purple Lovegrass: Full sun preferred. Grow in well-drained soil with average to little water. Purple Lovegrass is a low maintenance plant which tolerates poor soil, heat, and drought, and is highly resistant to deer and rabbits. Salt tolerant - can thrive in coastal gardens, or along roads which are salted in winter.

Dig Deeper: The Inflorescence of Purple Lovegrass is beautiful in dried arrangements. Handsome seed heads attract birds. Use Purple Lovegrass in mixed borders, containers, rock gardens, near foundations or as garden accents. When massed in the landscape, plants are stunning. Purple Lovegrass is commonly employed for erosion control on exposed slopes or banks. Cut to the ground in late winter or early spring to provide room for new growth. Spreads slowly by rhizomes. Self sows. Purple Lovegrass is native to the U.S. from Wyoming to Maine in the North, from Arizona to Florida in the South. Purple Lovegrass grows beautifully with Prairie Blues Little Bluestem, and Happy Star or Ruby Star echinacea.

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