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In The Garden: Fall in love with a native lovegrass

April 4, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Elliott's lovegrass (Eragrostis elliottii) is a Florida-native ornamental grass that tolerates a wide range of conditions, but loves the sandy island soil.

This cultivar of lovegrass grows in tufted clumps with thin stiff leaves. It likes full sun and will also tolerate light shade conditions. It is a very drought tolerant plant and once it is established, needs little supplemental watering.

Lovegrass is a good plant to use for erosion control as it can be planted on steep slopes and other difficult conditions in the landscape. This type of lovegrass has almost a blueish color in the leaves, is very easy to grow and makes great cover for small birds and animals.

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Elliott's lovegrass

The plant looks great in native gardens as a border plant or in massed plantings. It also adds interest to native wildflower gardens.

Elliott's lovegrass will only reach a size of about 2 feet by 2 feet, making it a nice choice for a small area.

In The Garden is a joint effort by all at the local garden center, at 3889 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel. For information, contact 239-395-5859 or visit



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