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 (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 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, Purple Lovegrass, Tumblegrass

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

        

image of Eragrostis spectabilis, Purple Lovegrass, Tumblegrass

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

        

image of Eragrostis spectabilis, Purple Lovegrass, Tumblegrass

JK Marlow    jkm210818_2821

August    Greenville County    SC

image of Eragrostis spectabilis, Purple Lovegrass, Tumblegrass

JK Marlow    jkm190903_1167

September    Greenville County    SC

image of Eragrostis spectabilis, Purple Lovegrass, Tumblegrass

JK Marlow    jkm190903_1169

September    Greenville County    SC

image of Eragrostis spectabilis, Purple Lovegrass, Tumblegrass

JK Marlow    jkm190903_1171

September    Greenville County    SC

image of Eragrostis spectabilis, Purple Lovegrass, Tumblegrass

JK Marlow    jkm200908_7121

September    Spartanburg County    SC

Spikelets usually purplish, 2-10 flowered, 1-6mm long. Pedicels rigid, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Eragrostis spectabilis, Purple Lovegrass, Tumblegrass

JK Marlow    jkm200920_7315

September    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

image of Eragrostis spectabilis, Purple Lovegrass, Tumblegrass

JK Marlow    jkm200920_7318

September    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

Panicle branches spreading, scaberulous, sparsely pilose, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Eragrostis spectabilis, Purple Lovegrass, Tumblegrass

JK Marlow    jkm200920_7323

September    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

Leaves pilose on both surfaces and on sheaths, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

image of Eragrostis spectabilis, Purple Lovegrass, Tumblegrass

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, Purple Lovegrass, Tumblegrass

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, Purple Lovegrass, Tumblegrass

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, Purple Lovegrass, Tumblegrass

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.