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Eragrostis spectabilis

Previously known as:

  • Eragrostis geyeri
Phonetic Spelling
er-uh-GROS-tis speck-TAB-ih-liss
Description

A small, perennial, well-behaved ornamental grass that is found naturally in sandy fields, along roadsides, and in woodlands.  It prefers well-drained slightly dry soil in the full sun.  Plant in small groups or mass plan in a border, meadow, or native plant garden.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Possible pests: aphids, leaf spot, and spittlebugs

 

 

 

 

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Tags:
#drought tolerant#cut flowers#low maintenance#mass planting#flower arrangements#grass#dried flowers#NC native#airy#naturalizes#borders#fine details#arrangements#clumping#billowy#native ornamental grass#poor soils tolerant#food source herbage#piedmont mountains UPL#native sedge#small group plantings#bird friendly#food source hard mast fruit#mammals#butterfly friendly#butterfly larvae#Coastal FACU#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#drought tolerant#cut flowers#low maintenance#mass planting#flower arrangements#grass#dried flowers#NC native#airy#naturalizes#borders#fine details#arrangements#clumping#billowy#native ornamental grass#poor soils tolerant#food source herbage#piedmont mountains UPL#native sedge#small group plantings#bird friendly#food source hard mast fruit#mammals#butterfly friendly#butterfly larvae#Coastal FACU#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Eragrostis
    Species:
    spectabilis
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    S. Canada to NE. Mexico
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 8 in. - 1 ft. 2 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 10 in. - 1 ft. 4 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Ornamental Grasses and Sedges
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Caryopsis
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Caryopsis dark brown .8 mm long as the seeds mature they dry and fall off the plant and are blown around by the wind. Fruits are available September-November and are pink and purple in color.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Good Dried
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Messy, loose appearance inflorescence is a panicle. Appears in late summer to fall (August-October)then appears as reddish-purple clouds and fades to soft brown.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Rough
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Sheath
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Acicular
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Dull green hairy on both sides flat, up to 10" long 3/8" wide
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Native Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut
    Drought
    Pollution
    Poor Soil
    Salt