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Eragrostis, Purple Love Grass

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Short Description

Stunning and unique pink "cloud-like" effect.

Full Description

The flower spikes of this native grass come to life by creating a pink "cloud-like" effect on the planting area while in bloom. Easy to grow and provides interest in all four seasons.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.

5-8

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

18-24 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

18-24 inches

Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.

Fall, Summer

Resistant To Adverse garden conditions, such as heat or frost, deer or rabbits, that this product can tolerate well.

Deer

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Carex: Potted Perennial Plant

 

How to Plant

 

Planting Potted Plants:

 

  • Choose a location in full sun with moist, mell-drained soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12 inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.

 

How to Grow

 

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time.  Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry.  One inch of rain or watering per week is recommended for most perennial plants. You can check to see if you need to add water by using a rain gauge.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary.  Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer such as Garden-tone, as higher rates may encourage root rots.

Growing Tips

 

  • Carex is low-maintenance once established.
  • Trim plants back periodically to about 4 inches above the soil level to rejuvenate them.
  • For varieties that stay green year round, remove dead foliage as opposed to cutting back the entire plant.
  • Use carex in containers, as an edging, in a rock garden.
Zone
5-8
Sun
Full Sun
Height
18-24 inches
Spread
18-24 inches
Bloom Season
Fall, Summer
Resistant To
Deer
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Container
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Genus
Eragrostis
Life Cycle
Perennial
Eragrostis, Purple Love Grass is rated 1.8462 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from purple love grass I bought three plants last year. They did well but never produced the "stunning and unique pink cloud." This year, they appear to be dead.
Date published: 2015-05-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pathetic & Sad... I wanted this plant so I ordered it during a sale. I got the plant and was completely shocked at how teeny tiny it was!! Way too much money on such a small plant!! In any event it died within a few days. I had no idea the plants were so small and am very disappointed.
Date published: 2015-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This is the prettiest grass of all! This year was the first time I planted it and it turned out better than I imagined, with a profusion of delicate lacy seedheads. While not pink, still georgeous!
Date published: 2014-11-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from pink love grass Well not so much any color of pink yet just planted early summer. This is a beautiful full vibrant plant that is a rich green with little white buds on it, Hope it will turn pink. Planted with fresh good soil, used only organic fertilizer on all my new baby plants. Smells really bad but plants love it. Watered daily, All my plants from Burpee did well. Hope this turns pink as I was counting on this for the pink color in my new flower bed zone 5.
Date published: 2014-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great space filler. I ordered several of these grasses to be fillers for a new flower bed. It does the job! I got these early in the Spring and they arrived healthly and a lot bigger than other items I ordered from another company.
Date published: 2014-09-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sad grass Unfortunately this love grass never turned purple last season. I thought that it would be at least growing and green by now, but after I trimmed it back it remained brown and small, and hasnt grown at all this spring yet. I am hoping summer will help it to get going, but I have a feeling this was a dud, unfortunately...
Date published: 2014-06-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Purple But Cloudy My plant did not have a purple cloud. Rudy green.
Date published: 2013-11-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointed Like the other reviews I bought three of these this spring and I watered regularly, fertilized, etc. My plants have produced no color at all and look like weeds. These will definitely not be in my yard for another growing season.
Date published: 2013-09-12
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