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Elliott's love grass
Eragrostis elliottii
Poaceae
 

Copyright by: George D. Gann

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.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

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.


Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

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

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

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


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