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Love Grass
Poaceae (Gramineae)
Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants

Only a few love grasses are cultivated in gardens. These form graceful clumps of fine-textured foliage; airy floral plumes float like clouds above the leaves. Useful as textural accents or as bank or ground covers. All are drought tolerant and need excellent drainage; they grow best in sandy soils. Reseed readily. Plants are tough and carefree; cut back to a few inches tall in late fall or winter to make way for new spring growth.

Eragrostis curvula
Eragrostis curvula

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Eragrostis curvula

From southern Africa and India. Billowing mass of slender, dark green, hairlike leaves reach 3 ft. tall and wide. In summer, lavender-gray flower plumes increase plant height to 4 ft. Foliage picks up yellow and bronzy hues in cold weather. Evergreen in mild-winter zones. Excellent for massing. Tolerates almost any soil and may be used to control erosion.

Eragrostis spectabilis, photo courtesy of Gilles Delacroix/Garden World Images
Eragrostis spectabilis, photo courtesy of Gilles Delacroix/Garden World Images

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Eragrostis spectabilis

Native from Maine to Minnesota, south to Florida, Arizona, and Mexico. Light green leaves form a compact clump to about 1 1/2 ft. high and wide. In late summer, plants are covered with wispy clouds of rosy purple plumes that increase the overallheight to 2 ft. Leaves turn reddish purple in fall, when flowers have faded to soft cream. Good color combination with gray-leafedplants.

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