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Weeping lovegrass

Eragrostis curvula

African lovegrass, Boer lovegrass,, Catalina lovegrass, Curved lovegrass

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This wiry tufted grass forms large clumps and makes a great accent plant. It is also eye-catching when planted en mass. Stems can be upright but are often arched towards the ground, giving the plant its weeping appearance. The ornamental flower spikelets are present throughout the year, but are most abundant in summer.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Ripe seeds are present from January to March.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds in pots in early spring.
Division
Divide in early summer.

Special features

Drought resistant
Once established it is drought tolerant

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique
Natural climate
Savanna

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Raw Material
In Lesotho, this grass is used to make baskets, brooms, hats, ropes, and candles, and it is used for food, as a charm, and in funeral rituals.
Animal feed
This grass is valuable as a forage for livestock in Africa, its native range.

Personality

Family
Poaceae
Flower colour
Greyish-green or purplish, Burgandy, Purples
Scent
None

Problems

None known

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