Common Name: lovegrass
Type: Ornamental grass
Zone: 6 to 9
Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Bloom Time: July to October
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Suggested Use: Naturalize
Other: Winter Interest
Tolerate: Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Black Walnut, Air Pollution
Best grown in organically rich, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Plants do particularly well in sandy soils. Established plants have some drought tolerance. Cut back foliage to the ground in late winter to early spring. Plants will self-seed in optimum growing conditions. Propagate by division in early spring. Plants may not be winter hardy throughout the St. Louis area, and may be best sited in protected locations.
Eragrostis elliottii, commonly known as love grass, is native to certain open woodlands, sandy areas and prairies in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. It is a fine-textured, warm season grass that grows to 3’ tall and is noted for its blue-green foliage and fluffy white flowers. White flower panicles appear in summer, turn tan by late summer as the seed ripens and finally lighten to straw hues in autumn. Flower panicles dance in the wind, hence the cultivar name. Additional common names for this species of grass include field love grass, blue love grass and Elliott’s love grass.
Genus name comes from the Greek words eros meaning love and agrostis meaning grass.
Specific epithet presumably honors botanist Stephen Elliott (1771-1830) from Charleston, South Carolina.
‘Wind Dancer’ features narrow (1/4” wide) blue-green leaves.
No serious insect or disease problems. Mature clumps sometimes tend to sprawl or droop.
Good specimen accent. Group or mass in native plant areas or meadows where it can naturalize. Also effective when grown in large containers.