Molinia caerulea - Purple
Purple moor grass will grow quite well as a ground cover in wet acid
soils. It also looks great on its own, especially grown in containers
where it can take on a more formal appearance.
Molinia caerulea is slow to establish.
Description: cool season; clump forming
Foliage is green; blade width is medium; 30-40 cm (12-16") in height
Flowers from mid-summer to frost; 60-70 cm (24-28") tall; well above
Ideal conditions: full sun in cool climates; shade
and ample water in hot dry locations; its preference is
moist, fertile soil and it will do well in acid soil
Coldest zone: 4 (find your zone; further
info on plant hardiness)
Partner with: Luzula
sylvatica, Epimediums, Kalimeris
tripteris, Salix irrorata
Season of interest: mid-summer to winter
Suggested uses: specimen, groups
Drought tolerance rating: 3
(water to root depth once a week) further
Native to: moist places - UK, Europe, Asia
Recommended spacing between plants: 30-70 cm (12-28")
why such a difference?
Pronunciation: Molinia (moh-LIN-ee-ah) caerulea (ser-OO-lee-ah)
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