Misty pur­ple ef­fect

Pur­ple moor grass

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Growing -

Molinia caerulea

This el­e­gant, peren­nial grass has very soft, lush leaves and airy flower heads, which add tex­ture and move­ment to a peren­nial gar­den. The tiny, green­ish flow­ers are usu­ally tinged pur­ple, hence the name.

The leaf form is up­right or vase-shaped. The airy flow­ers are borne on tall, arch­ing stems well above the leaves, giv­ing them a won­der­ful see-through ef­fect.

Molinia is na­tive to bogs, and moist moun­tain­ous places. It doesn’t like to be too dry, but will tol­er­ate low-fer­til­ity soils.

HOW TO USE

In au­tumn the leaves turn a rich yel­low. This grass is gor­geous when back­lit by the ris­ing or set­ting sun.

Moor grass

Moor grass, in var­ie­gated form (this image), and the more tra­di­tional type in flower (right).

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