Eragrostis trichodes (Nutt.) Alph. Wood
Sand love grass, Sand lovegrass
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Synonym(s): Eragrostis pilifera, Eragrostis trichodes var. pilifera, Poa trichodes
USDA Symbol: ERTR3
A bunchgrass to 5 ft., valued for its fine-textured, purplish inflorescence and graceful, arching habit. The grass frequently flops over on its neighbors in late season, sometimes with pleasing results. Leaves turn rusty-tan when dormant.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Class: 3-6 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May
DistributionUSA: AL , CO , IA , IL , IN , KS , LA , MI , MN , MO , MS , NE , NM , NY , OH , OK , SD , TN , TX , VA , WI , WY
Native Distribution: IL to Goshen Co., WY, s. to TX
Native Habitat: Open, sandy woods; sand barrens
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Deep, sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Adapts to heavier soils. Useful for stabilizing sandy areas.
Value to Beneficial InsectsProvides Nesting Materials/Structure for Native Bees
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Eragrostis trichodes in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Eragrostis trichodes in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Eragrostis trichodes
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff