Purple Moor Grass

Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea 'Fontane'

Purple Moor Grass - Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea  'Fontane'

Common Name: Purple Moor Grass
Genus: Molinia
Species: caerulea subsp. arundinacea
Cultivar: 'Fontane'

Category: Grasses & Bamboos
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.90 m (90 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Bronze, Green, Purple, Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May to September

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


As the name suggests this grass resembles a living fountain. The arching leaves form a strong clump of foliage from which airy see-through flowers rise in summer. These flowers emerge green and fade to shades of purple-brown then yellow and last well into the autumn. This is a great plant for adding texture and movement into the border in summer - and the seedheads provide interest late into the year. This variety has been bred in Germany but it has British parents so is very happy in our climate as long as the soil is not too dry.

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

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