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Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea 'Variegata' (v) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Grass-like

Habit

Tufted

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Purple in Summer

Foliage

Cream and Dark Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

variegated purple moor-grass

Family

Poaceae


Molinia are deciduous perennial grasses, tufted in habit, with flat, linear leaves and erect stems bearing open flowering panicles in summer

'Variegata' is an herbaceous grass forming a compact clump of arching, boldly cream-striped, dark green leaves, with narrow purple flower panicles on stems to 60cm in height in summer

Other common names

  • variegated purple moor grass

Synonym(s)

  • Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea 'Variegata'
  • Molinia caerulea 'Variegata'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Will grow in any moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil but prefers acidic soil

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk, Sand or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in pots in a cold frame in spring or by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Remove dead foliage and old flowered stems in spring

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free