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Weed Identification

weeping lovegrass



Scientific Name

Eragrostis curvula

Other Common Names:

boer love grass

Synonyms (former Scientific Names):

Eragrostis curvula var. conferta
Eragrostis curvula var. curvula
Eragrostis chloromelas
Eragrostis robusta


It is a bunch-type perennial that can grow 4 to 6 feet tall. It can have a wispy and weeping habit to it once it matures.


Can grow up to 26 inches long and 3 to 4 mm wide. They are narrow, stiff and pointed and have a "weeping" or arching-over appearance. Sheaths have long hairs near the collar region, and has a short hairy ligule.

Identifying Characteristics

.This grass is a bunch-type perennial that can grow relatively tall, and is known for its "drooping" or "weeping" appearance. It has a hairs near the collar region and has a hairy ligule. It is used for erosion control in some areas and originates from East Africa

Flower Seed Head

The seed heads are open, nodding panicles, reaching a height of 20 to 30 inches and 6 inches wide.

Seed Fruit

Spikelets are 1/2 in long and can contain 4 to 15 florets. Seed grains are 1.7 mm long and flattened

Where Found

Weeping lovegrass prefers a light-textured, well-drained soil, and will thrive on soils of low fertility. Distributed throughout the southern United States. Typically occurs where it has been planted such as ornamental areas, pastures, mine reclamation, and roadsides, and is used for erosion control or forage.

Leaf Hair on Upper Surface

no hairs

Leaf Arrangement

rolled in bud

Mature Leaf Width

less than 5 mm





Life Cycle



not present



Ligule Length

2-3 mm
more than 3 mm

Plant Type