- Season: Perennial
- USDA Zones: 6 - 10
- Height: 40 inches
- Width: 36 inches
- Foliage Color: Green
- Flower Color: Grey-brown
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Fall Color: No change
- Soil Requirement: Well-drained soils, pH 5.5 - 7.2
- Environment: Full sun to partial shade
- Moisture Requirements: Average to dry
- Temperature: 68 - 72F
- Average Germ Time: 14 - 21 days
- Light Required: Yes
- Depth: Do not cover the seed but tightly press into the earth
- Sowing Rate: 2 ounces per 1,000 square feet or 3 to 4 seeds per plant
- Moisture: Keeps seeds moist until germination
- Plant Spacing: 36 inches
- Care & Maintenance: See: Love Grass
NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL 2014 - Weeping Lovegrass (Eragrostis curvula) is a rapidly growing warm-season bunchgrass that was introduced into the United States from East Africa. This ornamental grass has many long, narrow leaves emerging from a tight tuft, with the tips almost touching the ground. The drooping leaf characteristic gives rise to the name “weeping” lovegrass. Features dark green, fine textured, almost hair-like foliage that forms dense clumps. The flowers are olive-purple, maturing to a grayish color, and are quite delicate and move in the slightest breeze. Foliage turns a beautiful bronze-red color after a freeze. Leaf height is rarely above 12 inches. The seed heads are open panicles, reaching a height of 30 to 40 inches and containing numerous small, fine seeds.
Weeping Lovegrass Eragrostis curvula prefers a light-textured, well-drained soil, and will thrive on soils of low fertility. Climatic conditions determine its range of adaptation. Low winter temperatures will prevent re-growth and cause the grass to act as an annual or a short-lived perennial. Weeping Lovegrass is distributed throughout the southern United States.
This ornamental grass is easy to establish by seed. Seed alone at a rate of 3 to 5 pounds per acre, or 1 to 2 pounds per acre in mixtures with other species. Eragrostis curvula Seeds will germinate quickly and plant growth is rapid. Weeping Lovegrass seed is extremely fine, (our seed is coated for much easier spreading).
Sites too steep or stony for use of mechanical equipment can be seeded without soil scarification. Broadcast seeding by air or use of hydroseeders is successful if seeding rates are increased to compensate for poor seedbed. Where possible, the soil should be scarified and firmed.
Normally, Weeping Lovegrass can be planted after danger of severe frost is over, and anytime throughout the summer with success. Lime and fertilizer needs are similar to that for tall fescue and ryegrass when used for temporary cover.
Like most ornamental grasses, Weeping Love Grass is used extensively as a temporary cover for erosion control purposes. On surface mine spoil, it provides almost immediate cover on steep outer slopes where soil is rather acidic and of low fertility. It is also used as a nurse crop when seeding sericea lespedeza, coastal panic grass, or switchgrass. When seeding black locust or bristly locust, it serves as a companion species. Eragrostis curvula can also be used for forage, but palatability is not high except during lush spring growth period. The long weeping leaves provides excellent cover for wildlife, and the heavy seed crop supplies a good food source for birds. Weeping Lovegrass is drought tolerant, and it grows well on well-drained soil and tolerates heavy clay even though it thrives in sandy soil.
Because of its short duration, there is no management required for Weeping Lovegrass. It is palatable to livestock and should be protected where this possibility exists.