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Molinia caerulea (Purple moor grass)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.5m
Max height
0.6m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Molinia caerulea

Other names

Purple moor grass

Genus

Molinia Molinia

Species

M. caerulea - M. caerulea is a clump-forming, deciduous perennial with flat, linear, mid-green leaves, flushed purple at the base, and yellow-flushed stems bearing dense, narrow panicles of dark purple flower spikelets from spring to autumn.


Molinia caerulea is: Deciduous

Habit

Compact, Clump-forming, Upright

Flower

Dark-purple in Summer; Dark-purple in Autumn

Foliage

Mid-green in Spring; Mid-green in Summer; Yellow-orange in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

For winter interest, remove dead leaves and old flowered stems in spring. Can be cut as early as late winter if desired.

Propagation methods

Division


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Where to grow

Molinia caerulea (Purple moor grass) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Gravel, Low Maintenance, Prairie planting, Woodland

Cultivation

Grow in any moderately fertile, preferably acid, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Molinia caerulea

Other names

Purple moor grass

Genus

Molinia Molinia

Species

M. caerulea - M. caerulea is a clump-forming, deciduous perennial with flat, linear, mid-green leaves, flushed purple at the base, and yellow-flushed stems bearing dense, narrow panicles of dark purple flower spikelets from spring to autumn.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Compact, Clump-forming, Upright


Colour

Flower

Dark-purple in Summer; Dark-purple in Autumn

Foliage

Mid-green in Spring; Mid-green in Summer; Yellow-orange in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

For winter interest, remove dead leaves and old flowered stems in spring. Can be cut as early as late winter if desired.

Propagation methods

Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Molinia caerulea (Purple moor grass) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Gravel, Low Maintenance, Prairie planting, Woodland

Cultivation

Grow in any moderately fertile, preferably acid, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

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