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Eragrostis curvula - (Schrad.)Nees.

Common Name Weeping Love Grass
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known
Range S. Africa - north to Zimbabwe and the Transvaal.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Eragrostis curvula Weeping Love Grass


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Eragrostis curvula Weeping Love Grass
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Eragrostis curvula is an evergreen Perennial growing to 1.2 m (4ft).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 7 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower from August to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Apomictic (reproduce by seeds formed without sexual fusion), wind. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed
Edible Uses:

Seed - cooked[269]. Used as a grain[269].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Basketry  Biomass  Soil stabilization

A deep-rooted plant, it is considered excellent for protecting terraces and for grassing water channels and is valuable for erosion control[269]. In Lesotho, the plant is used to make baskets, brooms, hats, ropes, and candles[269].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Easily grown in most well-drained soils so long as the plant is in a hot, dry, sunny position[200]. Weeping love grass is reported to tolerate an annual precipitation of 31 to 163cm, an annual temperature range of 5.9 to 26.2°C and a pH in the range of 5.0 to 8.2[269]. It is adapted to semi-arid and desert areas and sandy soils, growing well on low fertility soils[269]. A very drought-resistant plant, but it lacks hardiness for more northern areas[269]. It grows well on a wide range of well-drained soils, especially sandy loams; moderately frost-resistant in southern areas[269]. Plants are hardy to about -5°c and succeed outdoors in the milder areas of Britain[200]. The roots contain pyrocatechol, suggesting an explanation for the plants resistance to nematodes[269]. The species and its varieties are apomictic (producing seed without fertilization) although sexual plants have occasionally been found[269].

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Propagation

Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within 2 weeks. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frosts. The seed can also be sown in situ in mid to late spring, though in a cool summer it may fail to ripen many seeds[162]. Division in spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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