Purple Love Grass (Eragrostis)

Purple Love Grass (Eragrostis spectabilis) is a showy native grass that blooms in late summer with airy clouds of reddish-purple flowers. Purple Love Grass is a good choice for even the driest, lean soils, adding stunning color to the landscape. Plant in rock gardens, or mass plant in a naturalistic garden where it can naturalize and mix with other flowers and grasses.
Zones5 - 9
Advantages
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Easy To Grow
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Native
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Good For Cut Flowers
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Good For Dried Flowers
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Great For Mass Plantings
multiplies--naturalizes
Multiplies / Naturalizes
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Good For Erosion Control
Light Requirements
full-sun
Full Sun
Water Tolerance
Low-Water
Mature Height 12-24" tall
Mature Spread12-24" wide
Bloom TimeMid to late summer
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Item Package SizePlant - 5" Deep Pot
SKUHC017887

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Purple Love Grass (Eragrostis spectabilis) is a showy warm season native grass that blooms in late summer with loose, open heads of reddish-purple flowers that ripen to brown seed heads in the fall. Native to the eastern half of the US, Purple Love Grass is a good choice for planting sites with dry, sandy, or rocky soils. Tolerant of black walnuts and road salt too, this grass is a great option for the most challenging conditions. Good for mass planting and erosion control. Avoid rich loams and clay soil. As it is not a long-lived grass, leave seed heads to encourage the plants to re-seed themselves. Purple Love Grass makes a good companion for sandy soil lovers like Coneflower (Ratibida), Prairie Tickseed (Coreopsis palmata), and Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea).

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SKUHC017887
Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Common Name
Purple Love Grass
Botanical Name
Eragrostis spectabilis
Zones
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Purple
Mature Height
12-24" tall
Mature Spread
12-24" wide
Bloom Time
Mid to late summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Waterwise
Advantages
Easy To Grow, Native, Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Dried Flowers, Great For Mass Plantings, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Good For Erosion Control
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Coastal California
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Native To
North America
Ships To Canada
No
Planting Guides
Caring For Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass

Cutting back Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass (Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition) should be done in mid-spring when the new green grass blades begin to sprout from the crown. The stems holding the seed heads are very resilient and stay upright even after a snowy winter, so the grass looks good until mid-spring.

Cut back to a height of 2 to 3 inches above ground level and scratch out the crown with gloved hands to loosen thatch and make room for the new growth to push up and out.

Mulching: Blonde Ambition (and many ornamental grasses) don't need mulching. But if planted in a mulched bed, Blonde Ambition is very adaptable as to the type of mulch. We recommend that the mulch layer around the plant be thin (less than an inch deep).
View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
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