Purple Moor Grass

Molinia caerulea

Purple Moor Grass - Molinia caerulea

Common Name: Purple Moor Grass
Genus: Molinia
Species: caerulea

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: 0.40 m (40 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Green, PurpleFlowering 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

An attractive tuft-forming moor grass that has mid-green leaves with purple bases above which upright feathery flower spikelets rise from spring to autumn. With its compact habit and delicate flowerheads this is an ideal ornamental grass for the middle of a perennial border where the the spikelets catch the breeze and provide a lacy 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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