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Cultural Details for Molinia caerulea

Common Name:
Purple Moor Grass

Growth Rate:
Tufted clumps

Average Mature Height:
3'

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Spikelets are purple; minimal flowering in hot, dry summers

Fruit Details:

Fall Color:
Golden yellow, then reddish brown, then tan

Bark Details:

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:

Native Habitat:
Heaths, moors, bogs, and lake shores in the British Isles, Europe, and Asia

Other Features:
Strictly clumping, producing a low mound of basal foliage

Culture and Care:
Best in moist, acid soils in full sun, but grows in low fertility or alkaline soil. Best growth in moist, cool summers. Propagate by seed or division in spring. Zone 4-9

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
Bed 172

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets. www.ces.ncsu.edu
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database. www.hort.uconn.edu