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Eragrostis trichodes

Eragrostis trichodes (Nutt.) Alph. Wood

Sand Lovegrass, Sand Love Grass

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Eragrostis pilifera, Eragrostis trichodes var. pilifera, Poa trichodes

USDA Symbol: ERTR3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Inflorescence: Panicle
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Leaf: Green
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May


USA: 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 Conditions

Water 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 Insects

Provides Nesting Materials/Structure for Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

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From the National Organizations Directory

According 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 resources

USDA: Find Eragrostis trichodes in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Eragrostis trichodes in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Eragrostis trichodes


Record Modified: 2018-09-24
Research By: TWC Staff

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