Purple Love Grass (Eragrostis spectabilis)

Purple Love Grass Plant Features

Although the name purple love grass sounds like something from the 1960s, it's actually a super-colorful ornamental grass that will add much-needed texture and color to your fall garden. This gorgeous perennial displays narrow, bright green foliage from spring to midsummer. Then, in the late summer and fall purple love grass shoots up feathery flower stalks in shades of purple and bronze. Purple love grass is drought tolerant, growing about 2 feet tall and wide which makes it an excellent groundcover on a sunny hillside or slope. The plant is also salt tolerant so it's a good choice for seaside gardens or container gardens on the beach. Purple love grass is also deer resistant. Hardy from zones 5-9

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Purple Love Grass Growing Instructions

Purple love grass thrives in sunny locations with well-drained soil. It prefers life on the dry side so don't plant it where it the water collects. Purple love grass also excels in large containers if allowed to dry out between waterings. Cut the foliage to the ground in the early spring before new growth begins.

Purple love grass is not recommended for human or animal consumption.
  • Water

    Low water needs

  • Light

    Outside: Sun

  • Colors



  • Special Features

    Colorful foliage

    Deer/rabbit resistant


Complement your Purple Love Grass

The bright fall blooms of Aster pair well with the late season show of Purple Love Grass.

Joe Pye Weed
If you are passionate about purple try pairing Joe Pye Weed and Purple Love Grass in the same bed.

Pink Muhly Grass
Use Pink Muhly Grass and Purple Love Grass in a meadow garden or to control erosion on an exposed slope.