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Eragrostis spectabilis

Eragrostis spectabilis (Pursh) Steud.

purple lovegrass, tumblegrass

Synonym(s): Eragrostis spectabilis var. sparsihirsuta, Poa spectabilis
Eragrostis spectabilis (Purple Lovegrass)
Image ID: 14309
Image by: Sorrie, Bruce A.
Image Collection: NCBG Digital Library

PLANT INDEX

ID_PLANT: ERSP
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Eragrostis spectabilis
Include in WOTAS: 0
Publish to Web: 1
Last Modified: 2019-09-26

GENUS INDEX

GENUS CODE: ERAGR
GENUS SCIENTIFIC: Eragrostis
GENUS AUTHORITY: Von Wolf
GENUS COMMON: Lovegrass
GENUS SUMMARY: A genus of about 350 species of temperate and tropical areas.
GENUS IDENTIFICATION:
GENUS REFERENCES: Peterson in FNA (2003a); Koch (1978). Key adapted from FNA.

FAMILY INDEX

FAMILY CODE: POACEA
FAMILY SCIENTIFIC: Poaceae
FAMILY AUTHORITY: (R. Brown) Barnhart 1895 or GRAMINEAE A.L. de Jussieu 1789
FAMILY COMMON: Grass Family
FAMILY SUMMARY: A family of about 771 genera and 12,074 species, herbs (and some shrubs and trees), cosmopolitan. Tribal classification largely follows FNA (2003a, 2007a), with some changes based on subsequent research, as for instance in the Chloridoideae (Peterson, Romaschenko, & Johnson 2010a).
FAMILY REFERENCE: Flora of North America Editorial Committee (2003a, 2007a)=FNA; Hitchcock and Chase (1950)=HC; Blomquist (1948); Peterson, Romaschenko, & Johnson (2010a, 2010b). Key to genera adapted in large part from FNA.

NCBG DESCRIPTIVES

INTRO:
STEMS:
LEAVES:
INFLORESCENCE:
FLOWERS:
FRUITS:
COMMENTS:
HEIGHT: to 20 inches

DURATION: Perennial
HABIT: Grass/Grasslike

LEAF ARRANGEMENT: Alternate
LEAF COMPLEXITY: Simple
LEAF RETENTION: Deciduous

FLORAL CHARACTERISTICS
SYMMETRY:
BLOOM TIME: Aug-Oct
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
x x x x x

BLOOM COLOR: Rose-purple flowers
White Red Pink Orange Yellow Green Blue Lavender Purple Violet Brown Not Applicable
x x

FRUITING PERIOD:

DISTRIBUTION
HABITAT TYPE:
NATIVE RANGE: eastern & central North America

HORTICULTURAL
Plant Sale Text: Purple Love Grass is a native perennial grass that fulfills the enchanting promise of its name. This low clumping grass produces delicate airy panicles like purple clouds along the ground. It is particularly beautiful when backlit by the sun. Purple Love Grass is an appropriate plant for edging or as a complement to herbaceous perennials. This is a garden worthy grass that is especially well suited to smaller gardens.

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NCBG Location:

Cultural Notes:

SOIL MOISTURE: Dry, Average, Moist/Wet
LIGHT EXPOSURE: Sun, Part Shade
MINIMUM HARDINESS ZONE: 6
MAXIMUM HARDINESS ZONE: 9
GERMINATION CODE:
WILDLIFE VALUE: Bee Friendly
DEER RESISTANCE:

GRIM ACCESSIONS

acc_id acc_num acc_dt coll_id Action
296 2011-0161 2011-07-09 301 View
4229 1992-0385 View
5766 1995-0892 View
7340 2000-0077 2000-03-14 View
7695 2001-0049 2001-04-25 View
7933 2002-0081 2002-10-31 View
8123 2004-0132 2006-05-19 View
9360 2020-0051 2021-03-15 2451 View


GRIM COLLECTIONS

Coll_id Project Collection date Collector Action
301 HORT 2010-09-12 Poythress View
2451 HORT 2020-05-22 Stern View


GRIM PLANTINGS

plt_num acc_id loc_num pers_num inst_dt Action
703 296 28 NCBG staff 2011-07-05 View
704 296 29 NCBG staff 2011-07-05 View
705 296 111 NCBG staff 2011-07-06 View
706 296 101 Liloia 2011-07-11 View
6557 4229 200 NCBG staff 1993-03-01 View
8280 5766 204 NCBG staff 1993-01-01 View
10311 7340 153 NCBG staff 2000-03-08 View
10312 7340 160 NCBG staff 2000-03-08 View
10313 7340 175 NCBG staff 2000-03-08 View
10883 7695 200 NCBG staff 1967-12-31 View
11170 7933 123 NCBG staff 2002-10-25 View
11376 8123 200 NCBG staff 2003-03-03 View
12563 9360 232 Wait 2020-06-24 View
12564 9360 233 Wait 2020-06-24 View
12565 9360 235 Wait 2020-06-24 View

USDA PLANTS DATABASE

USDA Symbol: ERSP
USDA Common Name: Purple Lovegrass
Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (I)
Distribution: USA (AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY), CAN (MB, ON, QC)
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Graminoid

NATIONAL WETLAND INDICATOR STATUS

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: FACU UPL UPL UPL UPL UPL UPL

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2016 National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.3 (Lichvar, R.W., D.L. Banks, W.N. Kirchner, and N.C. Melvin. 2016. The National Wetland Plant List: 2016 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2016-30: 1-17. Published 28 April 2016. ISSN 2153 733X). Regions: AGCP-Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain, AK-Alaska, AW-Arid West, CB-Caribbean, EMP-Eastern Mountains and Piedmont, GP-Great Plains, HI-Hawaii, MW-Midwest, NCNE-Northcentral and Northeast, WMCV-Western Mountains, Valleys & Coast

WEAKLEY FLORA

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Eragrostis spectabilis
COMMON NAME: Purple Lovegrass, Tumblegrass
SYNONYMY: [= C, FNA, G, GW, HC, K, Pa, RAB, S, Va, W, WH3, WV; > E. spectabilis var. spectabilis - F; > E. spectabilis var. sparsihirsuta Farwell - F; ? E. pectinacea, misapplied]
PHENOLOGY: Aug-Oct.
HABITAT: Sandy fields, roadsides, woodlands.
COMMENTS: ME west to ND, south to FL and TX.
RANGE MAP: Eragrostis spectabilis.png

Key to Map Symbols
ABOUT FAMILY (Weakley Flora)
Poaceae (R. Brown) Barnhart 1895 or GRAMINEAE A.L. de Jussieu 1789 (Grass Family)
SUMMARY: A family of about 771 genera and 12,074 species, herbs (and some shrubs and trees), cosmopolitan. Tribal classification largely follows FNA (2003a, 2007a), with some changes based on subsequent research, as for instance in the Chloridoideae (Peterson, Romaschenko, & Johnson 2010a).
REFERENCE: Flora of North America Editorial Committee (2003a, 2007a)=FNA; Hitchcock and Chase (1950)=HC; Blomquist (1948); Peterson, Romaschenko, & Johnson (2010a, 2010b). Key to genera adapted in large part from FNA.
ABOUT GENUS (Weakley Flora)
Eragrostis Von Wolf (Lovegrass)
SUMMARY: A genus of about 350 species of temperate and tropical areas.
REFERENCE: Peterson in FNA (2003a); Koch (1978). Key adapted from FNA.

HERBARIUM RESOURCES

SERNEC: Find Eragrostis spectabilis in Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)
UNC SERNEC: Find Eragrostis spectabilis in University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium - Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)

WEB RESOURCES

USDA: Find Eragrostis spectabilis in USDA Plants
NPIN: Find Eragrostis spectabilis in NPIN Database
FNA: Find Eragrostis spectabilis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Eragrostis spectabilis

NCBG IMAGE RECORDS

ID IMAGE1: 14309
ID IMAGE2: 0
ID IMAGE3: 14309

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