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Family: PoaceaeMain Season: SummerFlower Colour: BrownLeaf Colour: GreenFoliage: DeciduousPosition: SunSoil Type: Good, moist, humus-richHeight: 45cm to 60cm (18" to 2')Peat Free? Not yetHardiness Guide: RHS H7 minimum at least -20CPot Size: 9cm
Clump forming grass for average to moist soil in sun. Reddish stained stems with dense, dark heads in late summer-winter to 60cm.
Despite the many different spelling of the name that have been used over the years, 'Edith Dudszus' is one of the more attractive Molinia for summer flowers and worth a try. Neat clumps of slightly greyish green foliage and stocky stems of deep green flowers flushed purple in June-July to c. 60cm.
The flower stems are slightly divergent (ie vase shaped) so the individual flower spikes are shown off quite well. Molinia caerulea 'Edith Dudszus' works well as a massed group planting as well as individual specimens and it is very useful as "points" of height emerging from a low carpet of, for example, Geranium Rozanne or one of the many forms of Geranium sanguineum.
As the temperatures cool down in late autumn the whole plant will turn to a warm bronzey buff. We find that the flower stems and seedheads hold quite well into the winter.
Origin unknown at present.
syn. 'Edith Bukzaus', 'Edith Dudsus', 'Edith Dudzus' etc!