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Molinia caerulea subsp caerulea 'Variegata' (Variegated purple moor grass)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Molinia caerulea subsp caerulea 'Variegata'

Other names

Variegated purple moor grass

Genus

Molinia Molinia

Species

M. caerulea subs caerulea 'Variegata' - M. caerulea subs caerulea 'Variegata' is a deciduous grass. Foliage is fine and arching with cream stripes. Flower panicles are produced on upright stems in summer.


Molinia caerulea subsp caerulea 'Variegata' is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Purple, Insignificant or absent in Summer; Insignificant or absent, Pale-brown in Autumn

Foliage

Cream, Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green, Cream in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Molinia caerulea subsp caerulea 'Variegata' (Variegated purple moor grass) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Plant in free-draining soil in full sun. Molinia prefer acidic conditions and can tolerate dry soils.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

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 subsp caerulea 'Variegata'

Other names

Variegated purple moor grass

Genus

Molinia Molinia

Species

M. caerulea subs caerulea 'Variegata' - M. caerulea subs caerulea 'Variegata' is a deciduous grass. Foliage is fine and arching with cream stripes. Flower panicles are produced on upright stems in summer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Purple, Insignificant or absent in Summer; Insignificant or absent, Pale-brown in Autumn

Foliage

Cream, Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green, Cream in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Molinia caerulea subsp caerulea 'Variegata' (Variegated purple moor grass) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Plant in free-draining soil in full sun. Molinia prefer acidic conditions and can tolerate dry soils.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

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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