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Molinia caerulea

Purple moor grass

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Purple

Feature

Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

Molinia caerulea

Plant details

Molinia caerulea is a terrific grass with erect leaves and spikes with purple flowers which stand high above the foliage. Because it has a gentle, see-through look it's ideal for the front of a border, filtering views to the plants behind. In autumn the foliage is electric yellow. There are plenty of excellent, alternative cultivars (all similarly deciduous), including the elegant 'Windspiel', the tall 'Skyracer' which hits 2m and whose leaves turn gold in October, and the superb 'Karl Foerster'. New plants can take a while to get established, but once they do, they quickly bulk up.

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Molinia

Species: caerulea

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to divide plants: April to April


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