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Belton, MO 64012
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Eragrostis spectabilis

Purple Lovegrass

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This showy, low-growing grass makes a stunning statement in the late season landscape, turning a brilliant purplish-pink at summer's end. Growing only a foot high, this is an excellent choice for dry sandy or gravelly soil where few other plants can survive. Easy to grow, it should be seeded in mid to late spring.

Additional Information:

10-12 Inches


8-12 Inches


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-4

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:
Sow at rate of five pounds to the acre (2 ounces per 1,000 square feet.)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation


Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture


Special Uses

Ground Cover

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Small Animals