purple lovegrass

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
Family Celastraceae
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

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