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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
Grasses, Sedges and Rushes of Palm Beach
and Martin Counties, Florida website.
Grasses, Sedges and Rushes of Palm Beach
and Martin Counties, Florida website.
Grasses, Sedges and Rushes of Palm Beach
and Martin Counties, Florida website.