Garden Talk

with Rebecca Jordi

Q: I am thinking about putting in small clumps of Elliot’s Lovegrass. Do you think it will do well here in North Florida?

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elliots_lovegrass_ufifasA:  Elliot’s Lovegrass, Eragrostis elliottii, is a beautiful native fall blooming grass growing about 2-3 feet tall with the same spread. Elliot’s lovegrass is found among flatwoods, sandhills, and prairies from summer through fall. There are 30 varieties and species of Eragrostis in Florida. The pretty white seed heads bloom late summer to fall and are a good source of food for many local birds. The foliage is green but the flowers are an inflorescent white to tan with a shiny covering which sparkles in the sunlight – I know, I am waxing poetic now!  Like so many other ornamental grasses – Elliot’s lovegrass prefers full sun to very light shade and dry, well-drained soil. This will be significant when choosing a planting site as it should not receive irrigation typical of lawngrass.  Watering twice a week will kill it.  Elliot’s lovegrass is extremely easy to care for and requires little or no maintenance once established.

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