Eragrostis spectabilis (purple lovegrass) is a North American warm season grass that provides interest in the garden all season long. Blue-green foliage emerges in spring fading to a tawny color in fall.
In summer, clouds of the purple inflorescene top the plant creating a hazy effect. E. spectabilis tolerates drought and dry conditions. A host plant for the caterpillars of the Zabulon skipper, Poanes zabulon.
|Botanical Name||Eragrostis spectabilis|
|Common Name||purple lovegrass|
|USDA Zone||3 thru 7|
|Light Requirement||Full Sun to Part Shade|
|Season(s) of interest||summer, fall, winter|
|Height and Spread||1-2ft x 1-2ft (30-60cm x 30-60cm)|
|Flower Color||Red, Pink|
|Attracts Wildlife||Provides Food for Birds, Hosts Caterpillars of Butterflies/Moths, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores|
|Additional Information||Native to Chicago Region.|
|Location in Lurie Garden||West Meadow, East Meadow, Salvia River, Northeast Light Plate, Southeast Light Plate|