Eragrostide Brilliant (Eragrostis Spectabilis), With Spikelets Purple Pink

The brilliant eragrostide (Eragrostis spectabilis), sometimes called Love Grass, is a perennial grass that forms a tuft of flattened, thin, thin, light green, linear deciduous leaves measuring about 25-30cm. In autumn, they take a nice bronze color and persist a good part of the winter.

Eragrostide brilliant (Eragrostis spectabilis), with spikelets purple pink

At the end of summer, until October, erect stems with purplish pink to violet spikelets appear, giving an effect of lightness and shine like an imposing vaporous veil placed on the tuft.

Native to the southern United States and Mexico, the plant likes dry and sandy soils and offers good hardiness (-20° C). It resolves itself spontaneously when, at the end of October, the spikelets rise in seeds that the wind disperses.

With its light and flexible port, it is perfectly adapted in the natural gardens wanting to give a wild effect.

  • Family: Poaceae
  • Type: perennial
  • Origin: Central America, Mexico
  • Color: purple pink flowers, purplish
  • Sowing: yes
  • Cutting: no
  • Planting: spring or autumn
  • Flowering: August to October
  • Height: 70 cm

Ideal soil and exposure for Eragrostis spectabilis

The brilliant eragrostid is grown in full sun in a dry, sandy and well-drained soil, even if it tolerates clay and fresh soil.

Date of sowing and planting of Eragrostis spectabilis

The sowing under cold frame is done in the spring and the tuft division can begin between April and June.

The planting is done either in March or in September.

Board of maintenance and culture of Eragrostis spectabilis

It is an easy plant that does not require maintenance except for the size of spike inflorescences before seeds appear to avoid spontaneous seeding.

Harvesting, conservation and use of Eragrostis spectabilis

You can cut the flowers to make fresh bouquets or dry them to create dry bouquets.

Diseases, pests and parasites of Eragrostis spectabilis

Eragrostis spectabilis is very resistant to diseases and other attacks.

Location and favorable association of Eragrostis spectabilis

It is a plant that is grown in rock, along the path or driveway, in the mountains, on the slopes. It lends itself well to dry bouquets.

There are around 250 species of Eragrostis. Outraged Eragrostis spectabilisyou can also find Eragrostis curvula, a little less rustic (-10° C), bearing olive green spikelets...

(photo credit: Katja Schulz - CC BY 2.0)

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