Johnston's Native Grasses | Grasses

BEND SAND LOVEGRASS

#1532 | ERAGROSTIS TRICHAODES

SAND LOVEGRASS FACT SHEET

Summary

Sand lovegrass is a native, warm-season, short-lived, leafy, perennial bunchgrass which reaches mature heights from 2.5 to 4 feet with a shallow, wide spreading root system.  Sand Lovegrass grows best on sandy soils with an annual precipitation of 18 to 36 inches.  Sand Lovegrass typically greens up two weeks earlier than most of the other native grasses and is very palatable.  When overgrazed, it will decrease relative to other grasses.  Seeding rates are very low due to extremely small dark round seed it produces.  Sand Lovegrass is commonly found as a component in native areas along with hairy grama, western wheatgrass, and sand dropseed.

Plant Characteristics
Taxonomy

Zone

Regional Growing Zone
5 - Midwest, 6 - Northeast Lakes, 7 - Great Lakes South, 8 - Appalacia, 11 - South Texas
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Temperature Zone
Warm, Cool, Transitional

Plant Characteristics

Height
32" - 48"
Bloom Period
Summer
Bloom Color
Yellow
Leaf Color
Green
Growing Cycle
Perennial
Sun Requirement
Full Sun

Plant Information

Planting Season
Spring - Fall
Plant Depth
0" - 0.0625"
Minimum Soil Temp for Germination
50° F
Establishment
Moderate

Seed Information

Seeds Per Pound
3,800,000
Kingdom
PLANTAE
Subkingdom
TRACHEOBIONTA
Super Division
SPERMATOPHYTA
Division
MAGNOLIOPHYTA
Class
LILIOPSIDA
Subclass
COMMELINIDAE
Order
CYPERALES
Family
POACEAE
Genus
ERAGROSTIS
Species
ERAGROSTIS TRICHAODES

Coverage Area & Available Sizes

COVERAGE: 1 PLS LB PER 1000 SQ FEET 3 PLS LB PER ACRE

AVAILABLE SIZES:

Applications

Soil Stabilization & Erosion Control

The adaptation to sandy soils makes Sand Lovegrass an excellent vegetation for the prevention of soil loss on areas highly prone to wind erosion.

Pasture & Range

Sand lovegrass is a highly palatable forage that is preferred by grazing livestock.  It is sometimes referred to as “ice cream grass” because of its palatability. Early spring growth gives it an advantage over other warm-season grasses. The plants remain green well into the fall and provide fair forage value even late in the fall.

Landscaping

Sand lovegrass makes a unique accent plant as well as very appealing in mass plantings.  The fine leaves and the large branched panicle with florets at the end of the branches are very attractive in the landscape

Conservation, Reclamation & Restoration

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