Variegated purple moor-grass

Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea 'Variegata'

Variegated purple moor-grass - Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea  'Variegata'

Common Name: Variegated purple moor-grass
Genus: Molinia
Species: caerulea subsp. caerulea
Cultivar: 'Variegata'

Category: Aquatic & Bog Garden Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.40 m (40 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple
Foliage Colour: Green, Variegated, CreamFlowering Period: May to September

Soil Type: Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained



Molinias are grown for their upright delicate flowers that form a lacy veil in the border. They also thrive in sun and shade which makes them particularly versatile. 'Variegata' has cream and pale green variegated leaves from which rise yellow flower stems with purple flower spikelets. In autumn the plant fades to a soft buff colour. With its compact habit and delicate flowerheads this is an ideal ornamental grass for the middle of a perennial border where the spikelets catch the breeze and act like a shimmering veil for other plants. A native of acid bogs this deciduous grass will flourish on most soils as long as they are not too dry.

  • Garden care: Cut back in early spring before the new foliage appears.

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