Eragrostis spectabilis - Purple Love Grass

Purple Love Grass

Eragrostis spectabilis

Also called Tumble Grass

  • This grass has a mounding habit and forms a disorganized clump
  • Leaf blades are light green with a hint of red
  • Foliage turns bronze-red in the fall
  • Hazy puffs of reddish-purple flowers change to a tan colour in the fall
  • This grass looks very impressive in a mass planting
  • Bloom Time: Late summer
  • Flower Height: 60 cm
  • Foliage Height: 25 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season



25-60 cm

40-50 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Grows best in an average to dry, sandy soil, in full sun to light shade. Leaving foliage adds winter interest if desired, but prune in late winter to make way for new growth. Spreads slowly by rhizome and self-seeds by the tumbleweed method.

Additional Notes about Purple Love Grass:

Almost native to our area. (Introduced)

Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring. They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer. They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter. Most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions.