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Molinia

Purple Moor Grasses

Clump formers for slightly better soil in full sun. At their best in autumn as the stems and leaves change colour. Flowers are produced from midsummer and the seedheads usually last until midwinter. For reasonably good soil through to wet - very tolerant!

The two subspecies can help you work out which ones you want to grow:

Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea tend to be 1.5m (5') tall or more.
Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea tend to be less than 1.2m (4') tall.

We hold the National Plant Collection® of Molinia.  Visitors to the nursery can see most of the plants in the Molinia Collection growing in the display garden adjacent to our sales area.  In this display garden the Molinia are planted with a mix of other herbaceous perennials and ornamental grasses to show them off to their best.  The flowering season starts in June and they will still be looking good, and maybe at their best, when we close at the end of October as the autumn foliage and stem colour kicks off.

While most forms of Molinia provide a good display of airy flowers through summer and autumn the key feature of them is the range of warm buff, yellow and orange stem and leaf colour in mid to late autumn and on into winter.  The stems are usually held up until around Christmas/New Year.  Some new selections (particularly Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea 'Dark Defender') will stand into the new year.

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Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Bergfreund'

Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Bergfreund'£4.50

Airy brown flowers, strong yellow autumn foliage. 1.5m. Like a shorter version of 'Transparent'. Good soil in sun.


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Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Cordoba'

Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Cordoba'£4.50

A taller form with arching heads of flowers in midsummer to 2.1m. Super golden strawy autumn/winter stem and foliage colour. Good soil in sun.


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Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Fontšne'

Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Fontšne'£5.00

Fantastic arching, purple flowers to 1.8m. Greyish foliage turns yellow in the autumn


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Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Karl Foerster'

Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Karl Foerster'£3.50

One of the taller forms with airy, reddish purple tinged flowers to 2.2m in late summer. Bright yellow autumn stems.


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Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Les Ponts de Ce'

Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Les Ponts de Ce'£4.00

A beautiful new French introduction with red flushed autumn foliage and dark flower stems that turn ruby in autumn. Very arching flowers to 1.8m. Good soil in sun.


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

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


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Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Transparent'

Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Transparent'£4.50

Possibly the most popular Molinia due to it's very airy flowers and thin but strong stems. Open panicles to 2.1m in summer and good autumn colour and seedheads.


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Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Zuneigung'£6.00

Spectacular clumps of arching flower stems from June are at their best in the autumn when they change from green to brilliant golden orange. Best in good soil in full sun. 2m.


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Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea 'Claerwen'

Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea 'Claerwen'£3.50

Neat clumps of cream striped foliage and upright flowers tinged purple when fresh. 60cm. Good soil in full sun.


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Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea 'Edith Dudszus'£3.50

Clump forming grass for average to moist soil in sun. Reddish stained stems with dense, dark heads in late summer-winter to 60cm.


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Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea 'Heidebraut'

Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea 'Heidebraut'£3.00

Flower stems less erect than other forms, brown flowers age to soft yellow in autumn. 1.2m Good soil in full sun.


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Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea 'Heidezwerg'£4.00

A new variety of dwarf Purple Moor Grass with neat clumps of bright green foliage and flowers on strong stems to 60cm in mid summer. Excellent autumn foliage and seedheads.


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Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea 'Poul Petersen'

Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea 'Poul Petersen'£3.50

A recent introduction this makes good clumps of rich green foliage and tallish stems of flowers, purplish to start then tawny buff through the winter. 1m.


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Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea 'Strahlenquelle'

Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea 'Strahlenquelle'£3.00

Tallish arching stems with dark flowers. Striking warm, orange-yellow autumn stem colour persists until mid-winter. 1.2m.


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Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea 'Variegata'

Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea 'Variegata'£3.00

Reliable creamy leaves striped green. Purplish flowers to 60cm.


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