Eragrotis spectabilis

Common Name: 
purple lovegrass
Scientific Name: 
Eragrotis spectabilis (Pursch) Steud.
Family Name: 
Poaceae (Graminae) - Grass Family
Identification Notes
Life Cycle
native perennial, reproducing by seeds and short, stout rhizomes
upright to arching and wide spreading, stiff, smooth, unbranched, form dense low-growing tufts
Culms of Purple Lovegrass
Culms of Purple Lovegrass
Culms of Purple Lovegrass
blades flat and ascending, hairs above and below, long soft hairs at base on upper surface; rolled in bud; auricles absent; ligule membranous, short, ring of hairy beh ind; sheaths margins overlapping, long hairs on upper margins
Leaves of Purple Lovegrass
open stiff panicle appear purple in color, relatively large compared to foliage, panicle branches red-purple, spikelets purple, sometimes a tuft of hairs in panicle axils