When I am out and about, periodically a plant will catch my eye while driving down the road. Not that I would advocate looking at plants while you drive – because plant ID at 60 mph can be dangerous. However, some plants not only catch your eye, but seemingly appear throughout the landscape at certain times of the year. If the plant is interesting enough I might even stop and see what the heck I am looking at.
Grass flowers are not like a showy plant with big blossoms. Grasses have a different kind of flower composed of small, discreet parts. If the average person looked at it closely, they would not necessarily identify it as a “flower”. Yet, that is what it is. So the next time you see that purplish haze along the side of the road, growing in a clump and not very tall it is purple love grass.