Eragrostis spectabilis (Pursh) Steud.
Common Name: TUMBLE GRASS, PURPLE LOVE GRASS
Coefficient of Conservatism: 3
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Nt P-Grass

Eragrostis spectabilis A. A. Reznicek

Dry fields, sand barrens, roadsides, and railroads; often a very conspicuous plant of roadsides and dry open ground, forming large colonies.

Apparently native in the southern part of Michigan, spreading northward especially along roadsides. The large purplish inflorescences become detached and act as tumbleweeds.

Locations

Allegan County
Antrim County
Barry County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Branch County
Calhoun County
Cass County
Crawford County
Emmet County
Grand Traverse County
Hillsdale County
Ionia County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kalkaska County
Kent County
Lake County
Leelanau County
    Including Fox Islands
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Macomb County
Mason County
Mecosta County
Menominee County
Midland County
Monroe County
Montcalm County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Oceana County
Ogemaw County
Osceola County
Ottawa County
Saginaw County
St. Joseph County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County
Wexford County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. November 24, 2017. http://www.michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=2116.