weeping lovegrass
Eragrostis curvula (Schrad.) Nees


Eragrostis curvula is a warm-season, perennial grass that can grow to 4 ft. (1.2 m) tall.
Leaves are arched, 0.11-0.16 in. (3-4 mm) wide, flat, with ciliate ligules. Sheaths have long hairs inside the upper margin and along the collar. Spikelets are nodding, 0.2-0.4 in. (4-10 mm) long, 0.06-0.07 in. (1.5-2 mm) wide and gray-green.
Flower spikelets are elongated, flattened, and have 4 to 13 small flowers. Flowering occurs during early summer and continues through fall.
Seed heads are panicles that contain many tiny seeds. The seed heads can grow from 30-40 in. (0.8-1 m) tall
Ecological Threat
Eragrostis curvula inhabits disturbed places such as roadsides and is native to South Africa. It has been planted for erosion control in the southwestern United States and is also used widely as an ornamental.


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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Subclass: Commelinidae
Order: Cyperales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Eragrostis
Subject: Eragrostis curvula (Schrad.) Nees

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
Boer love grass

Related Scientific Names:
Eragrostis chloromelas (Schrad.) Nees (Synonym)
Eragrostis curvula var. conferta Steud. (Synonym)
Eragrostis robusta (Schrad.) Nees (Synonym)


Plants - Grass or Grasslike