- Hair Grass/Purple Love grass is also known as Tussock Grass, of the Poaceae family. This plant provides food for the larva of Antler Moth, Clouded-bordered Brindle, Dark Arches, Dusky Brocade, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Smoky Wainscot, Wall, The Clay
Purple Love Grass
Purple Love Grass will grow best in zones 4 to 9, and do best in areas where the temperature would be 70 degrees or higher. This plant can grow inside or outdoors. It is great to use in aquariums or ponds. This grass looks odd because of its hair like appearance when grown. It grows slow and will only be up to around 4 inches in height. Frogs, KOI, and fish enjoy the hair grass and feel safe enough to lay their eggs in their dark roots. It will do well in zones around bodies of water, in a bare spot, or in aquariums if sun and soil conditions are right. This grass will not require much maintenance. It will grow well in partial to full sunlight and prefers moist soils. Propagation of this plant will be from runners with an attached leaf called slips, and may grow faster in lakes or ponds. Although, it is a slow grower, it does spread quickly by sending runners out in all directions. This plant will grow great in wet soils, and look very terrific when grown. The slender hair like leaves will give a natural and unique look to the garden. It will look very much like grass but have the delicate slim narrow stems and leaves. Purple Love Grass (Eragrostis spectabilis) might not be responsible for couples getting together, but the beautiful, warm season grass casts a lovely purple haze to any landscape. You will be drawn to its immense ornamental appeal and hardiness that allows the plant to thrive in just about any soil condition around. When you want to add movement and texture to your property, Purple Love Grass is the ideal companion. The plant grows low to the ground at about 18-24 inches tall in full sun to partial shade in attractive dense tufts. The captivating blooms feature purplish-red spikelets that deliver a radiant glow when the sun is lit up behind them. The stunning foliage is light green during spring and summer, but when autumn approaches, the narrow leaves turn a bold bronze shade with a tiny hint of blue. Nursery experts suggest that perennial Purple Love Grass be grown in planting zones 5-9. The ornamental grass thrives best in sandy, moist soil and does well solo or in a group. It is recommended to plant these warm season grasses at least a foot apart because the spread is about 12-18 inches. Like most seasonal grasses, Purple Love Grass grows rhizomatously; that means it can spread and reseed if seeds are allowed to ripen. It is also a deer-resistant plant for those property owners who wish to keep these animals from munching on the foliage. The seed heads of Purple Love Grass are also elegant in dried flower arrangments. In its natural state, the warm season grass enhances one's landscape when used in flower beds, borders or containers, producing a cloud-like burst of purple beauty. Purple Love Grass is low-maintenance and doesn't need too much attention. It's recommended that a little pruning doesn't hurt. During late winter or early spring, the grass should be trimmed back before new growth starts.