Molinia caerulea 'Variegata'
- Variegated Purple Moor Grass
This lovely variegated form of purple moor grass prefers moist, rich,
acid soil in light shade to full sun. In dry locations this grass prefers
shade. This is a slow-growing plant which forms a beautiful "mop" of
foliage in a few years. It requires virtually no care and will happily
grow in the same spot for many years.
Molinia caerulea can tolerate some alkalinity, but at the cost of not
looking its best.
The flower heads are tall, narrow, bronze to gold and are good for
Best planted 30 cm (12") apart and are very effective planted
in groups of three or more.
Muriel says: I tried to grow this plant in high shade with
no direct sun. Barely survived. Moved it to full sun. Not
good either. Moved it to full sun to about 2 pm, shade thereafter,
and it has thrived. It was amazing to see what had been
reduced to a couple of splindly leaves, eventually blossom
into a really nice plant.
Description: cool season; clump forming
Foliage is cream-colored with green stripe; blade width is medium; 30-50
cm (12-20") in height
Flowers are purplish; blooms Sept to frost; 50-80 cm (20-32") tall
Coldest zone: 4 (find your zone;
further info on plant hardiness)
Ideal conditions: full sun in cool climates;
needs ample water and some shade in hot dry locations; likes
moist, fertile, acid soil
Partner with: Hostas, Rhododendrons and other acid-lovers
Season of interest: June to winter
Drought tolerance rating: 3 (water to
root depth once a week) further
Recommended spacing between plants: 60-100cm (12-24")
Pronunciation: Molina (moh-LIN-ee-ah) caerulea (ser-OO-lee-ah)
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