Eragrostis curvula (Schrad.) Nees
USDA PLANTS Symbol: ERCU2
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
Boer love grass
- Eragrostis curvula is a warm-season, perennial grass that can grow to 4 ft. (1.2 m) tall.
- Leaves are arched, 0.11-0.16 in. (3-4 mm) wide, flat, with ciliate ligules. Sheaths have long hairs inside the upper margin and along the collar. Spikelets are nodding, 0.2-0.4 in. (4-10 mm) long, 0.06-0.07 in. (1.5-2 mm) wide and gray-green.
- Flower spikelets are elongated, flattened, and have 4 to 13 small flowers. Flowering occurs during early summer and continues through fall.
- Seed heads are panicles that contain many tiny seeds. The seed heads can grow from 30-40 in. (0.8-1 m) tall
- Ecological Threat
- Eragrostis curvula inhabits disturbed places such as roadsides and is native to South Africa. It has been planted for erosion control in the southwestern United States and is also used widely as an ornamental.
Identification, Biology, Control and Management Resources
Weed Field Guide
- USDA Forest Service