Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea (Purple Moor Grass) is an exceptionally lovely and graceful ornamental grass. Tall, with an open growth habit, it exhibits arching thread-like leaves topped in summer with a haze of delicate flower spikes, that sway gracefully in the slightest breeze. Emerging green then fading to purplish-brown to finally mature to golden shades, they provide a long season of interest extending into the fall.
- Translucent, it mixes beautifully with almost any perennial to create a lush environment thanks, to its stature and numerous stems, as well as spectacular and elegantly mobile combinations. Perfect for the middle of the border, this is also a graceful accent plant for the garden or for naturalized meadows thanks to its ability to self sow.
- Growing easily in a dense fountain-like clump about 5-8 ft. tall (150-240 cm) and 2-4 ft. across (60-120 cm), it enjoys full sun or light shade and average, medium to wet, well-drained soils. Prefers acid to neutral soils. Some drought tolerance once established.
- Wet soil tolerant, it requires very little care, is deer resistant and provides weeks of interest from summer to fall
- Main varieties of Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea:
'Karl Foester', very erect with deep purple plumes atop bright golden stems;
'Sky Racer', one of the tallest with profuse purplish flower spikes rising well above the foliage. Both spikes and foliage turn attractively golden-orange in fall;
'Tranparent' enjoys fine, stiff stems topped with deep purple spikes.