Atherstone Lovegrass

 (Eragrostis atherstonei)

Atherstone Lovegrass is a warm-season perennial that includes both bunchgrass and stoloniferous forms. Originally from South Africa, it is adapted to the southern plateaus and southwestern desert areas. It is a vigorous, grayish-green bunchgrass reported to have good seedling vigor and cold hardiness, but it is less palatable than Lehmann Lovegrass. Atherstone should be planted to a depth of .3 cm (? in.). Double seeding rates for disturbed areas.



1.1 to 2.2 kg PLS/hectare
1 to 2 lbs. PLS/acre



6,500,000 per lb. (0.46 kg)




Cochise Atherstone Lovegrass was introduced into the United States from Pretoria, South Africa, in 1961. The USDA Soil Conservation Service and the Arizona Agricultural Experiment Station released it in 1979. Cochise has high seedling vigor and plants may persist longer and produce more forage than Lehmann on similar sites. It is adapted to elevations between 305 and 1,828 m (1,000 to 6,000 ft.). It can be used as forage for livestock and wildlife on rangelands and is useful for erosion control along highways and other disturbed areas


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