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Elliott's love grass
Eragrostis elliottii
Poaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Groundcover in sunny moist soils. Wildflower gardens.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

A widespread and common understory grass of open uplands and short hydroperiod wetlands, but rather weedy in disturbed ecosystems.
Availability:
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
Description:
Small to medium herbaceous clumping grass.
Dimensions:
Typically 6-18 inches in height. About as broad as tall.
Growth Rate:
Fast.
Range:
Southeastern United States west to Texas and south to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies, southern Mexico and Belize.
Habitats:
Pinelands, prairies and open coastal areas.
Soils:
Moist to wet, well-drained or occasionally inundated freshwater or brackish soils.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Whitish inflorescence.
Flower Characteristics:
Semi-showy inflorescence.
Flowering Season:
Summer-fall.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous caryopsis.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Birds eat the abundant seeds.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.
Comments:
Can become somewhat weedy in open, disturbed sites.


 


George D. Gann
Keith A. Bradley