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Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Tears of Joy'

Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Tears of Joy'
Price:  £5.00

Family:  Poaceae
Main Season:  Summer
Flower Colour:  Brown
Leaf Colour:  Green
Position:  Sun
Soil Type:  Good, moist, humus-rich
Height:  1.2m to 1.8m (4' to 6')
Pot Size:  1.4L



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New to us from a Dutch collector. Tall, arching stems bearing heavy heads of greyish flowers. 1.8m so far. Good soil in sun.

This form has made a substantial clump in it's first 3 years in the garden and puts on a spectacular show of arching flowers from June till mid-winter.  The clump of leaves grows to about 60cm tall and across, the flower stems get to about 1.8m tall and arch to a similar width.  Because of the arch the stems length of up to 2.5m is not noticed!

Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Tears of Joy' has flowers of a intermediate type, fairly heavy but branched.  It is not as airy as 'Bergfreund' or 'Transparent', nor as dense as 'Windspiel'.  The foliage and stems are a slightly bluish green during summer and early autumn, as the temperature colls in autumn the stems start to turn a warm orange-buff and the leaves go clear yellow.  The seedheads are a bronze-buff.  'Tears of Joy' seems quite resistant to collapsing and has survived upright until February when other tall varieties has fallen around Christmas.

Introduced c. 2010 by Hans Mesker.

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