Eragrostis spectabilis (Pursh) Steud.

Purple Lovegrass

Natural range: Canada to Mesoamerica

Habitat: Weedy

Florida status: Native, weedy, common

Recognition: Rhizomatous. Leaves to about 4-8 mm wide. Inflorescence open and showy, often purple, generally not elevated on the culm, and often with the lower branches among or near the uppermost leaves. Branches with a tuft of hair at the base (vs. E. pectinacea). Spikelets 3-7.5 mm long, 1-2 mm wide. The two glumes essentially equal, or subequal, each roughly 1.3 mm, or the lower a little shorter and the upper a little longer. Florets 6 to12.