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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'£4.00

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 'Karl Foerster'

Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Karl Foerster'£3.50

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


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Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Liebreiz'

Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Liebreiz'£4.00

A new variety to us from the Continent. Time will tell what it does and how it performs! Probably more than 1.5m tall and it should have good autumn colour.


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Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Mostenveld'

Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Mostenveld'£5.00

A brilliant new variegated selection from Belgium. Crisp white striped foliage and arching flowers to 1.2m. Good soil in full sun, or with the variegated leaves this could be good in a big pot.


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Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Skyracer'

Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Skyracer'£5.00

A big, tall variety grown for it's arching stems of branched flowers in midsummer followed by stunning orange-yellow autumn foliage and stem colour. Good soil in sun. 2.4m.


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Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Staefa'

Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Staefa'£5.00

Relatively short for this subspecies, to 1.5m, airy heads of fine flowers in summer. Clumps of arching leaves to 45cm. Good soil in sun.


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Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Transparent'

Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Transparent'£5.00

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 'Windsaule'

Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Windsaule'£5.00

Clumps of mid green leaves to 50cm produce tall more or less upright stems topped with greenish brown flowers in mid summer to 2.4m. The heads more open than the better known 'Windspiel'. Good soil, sun.


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Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Zuneigung'£5.00

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 'Winterfreude'

Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea 'Winterfreude'£4.00

Clumps of greyish green leaves and upright stems of dark flowers in midsummer to 1m. Good autumn and winter seedheads. Reasonable soil in full sun.


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