Molinia caerulea 'Strahlenquelle' - Fountain Spray Moor Grass

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.

This plant make a great specimen as it is wider than it is tall.

Strahlenquelle means 'source of rays'.

Description: cool season; clump forming
Foliage - medium green; of medium blade width; 40-60 cm (16-24") in height
Flowers - July to frost; 100-120 cm (40-48") tall

Ideal conditions: full sun in cool climates; needs ample water and shade in hot dry locations; likes moist, fertile, acid soil

Coldest zone: 4 (find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)

Partner with: Actaea rubra, Allium cernuum, Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock'

Season of interest: mid-summer to winter

Drought tolerance rating: 3 (water to root depth once a week); further info

Recommended spacing between plants: 60-90 cm (24-36") why such a difference?

Pronunciation: Molinia (moh-LIN-ee-ah) caerulea (ser-OO-lee-ah)


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