In this Gardener's HQ guide, we'll explore cultivating Eragrostis plants in your garden, indoor spaces, and other settings.
Eragrostis grasses can either be hardy perennials or hardy annuals.
They reach a height of between 90 cm and 1.2 m and have pale leaves and spiked flowers, which flower from the end of spring to autumn (species specific).
Some of the common names for Eragrostis include Love grass and Lace grass.
Love grass and similar Eragrostis plants should be sown on the surface following the last frost of spring.
They prefer to grow in an area that is sunny, has good drainage and a fertile soil
Due to their delicate flowers they should be grown in a sheltered area of the garden. You can prepare Eragrostis grasses such as love grass indoors first by sowing about eight weeks before they are due to be transplanted outdoors in the garden after the last frost of spring.
They should be spaced at about 60 cm apart, or grown individually.
Eragrostis like most grasses will require plenty of watering, following flowering and before seed has dried out they can be harvested and dried out for use in flower arrangements.
It is best to cut the grasses down to about 30 cm in height at the end of the growing season. If you require more plants of the perennial varieties then they can be divided in the spring.
The Eragrostis genus includes around 350 species.
Yes, some Eragrostis species, like the Love Grass, can add a delicate and airy feel to gardens or landscapes.
Eragrostis spectabilis (Purple Love Grass) is commonly grown by gardeners.
No, Eragrostis species are not known for their fragrance.
Eragrostis loves a sunny location and well-drained soil.
Some Eragrostis species, like Eragrostis cilianensis, can be invasive in some US regions.
Remove Eragrostis by uprooting the entire plant, including all roots, to prevent regrowth.
The Eragrostis genus, known as Lovegrass, comprises about 350 species of annual and perennial grasses native to temperate and tropical regions worldwide. These grasses are known for their fine texture and attractive, often airy flower heads.
Eragrostis plants prefer full sun and well-drained soil. They are generally drought-tolerant and can be grown from seeds or division. Their delicate appearance makes them excellent for adding texture to borders and meadow gardens, and some species, like Eragrostis spectabilis, produce beautiful, purple-tinged seed heads.