Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


520

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in sandy fields, roadsides, woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & low alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Spikelets purplish
Inflorescence a panicle

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Grain

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Eragrostis spectabilis   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Eragrostis spectabilis   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-11-012:
Eragrostis spectabilis   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Eragrostis spectabilis

 

COMMON NAME:
Purple Lovegrass, Tumblegrass


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image of Eragrostis spectabilis

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_ersp_003_lvd

        

image of Eragrostis spectabilis

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_ersp_005_lvd

        

image of Eragrostis spectabilis

JK Marlow    jkm0210d_22

October    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Airy panicles of reddish-purple flower spikelets rise to a height of 1-2', per Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee.

image of Eragrostis spectabilis

JK Marlow    jkm0410c_15

October    Greenville County    SC

Field

Panicle 2/3 the height of the culm, diffuse, bright purple (rarely pale), per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Eragrostis spectabilis

JK Marlow    s021026_d1

October    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Profusely & finely branched panicle, rigid upright, turning purple, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Eragrostis spectabilis

JK Marlow    s061028_c

October        SC

Spikelets flattened clusters of 2-10 flowers in a herringbone arrangement, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.