Purple Lovegrass: Eragrostis
||Weed Description: A perennial
grass weed with rhizomes that has a relatively large, open panicle that is purple in
color. Purple lovegrass is primarily a weed of pastures, hayfields, and noncrop
areas and is found throughout the southeastern United States.
|Leaves: Leaves are rolled in
the bud and may reach as much as 16 inches in length and are 2 to 11 mm wide. Both
leaf surfaces usually have hairs, especially at the collar regions, but some plants can be
found with leaves without hairs (glabrous). Ligules are membranous and are much less
than 1 mm long. Auricles are absent.
||Stems: Leaf sheaths are round
and hairy, especially at the collar region.
Rhizomes and a fibrous root system.
Flowers: Seedhead an open panicle that may
be as much as two-thirds the entire height of the plant. The panicles have a bright
purple tint due to the individual purple spikelets that are approximately 1 to 6 mm long
and 1 1/2 mm wide.
|Identifying Characteristics: The
distinctive purple panicle, low-growing habit, rhizomes, and leaves that have long hairs
especially near the collar region are all characteristics that help to distinguish purple
lovegrass from most other grass weeds.