Misty purple effect
Purple moor grass
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.
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In autumn the leaves turn a rich yellow. This grass is gorgeous when backlit by the rising or setting sun.
Moor grass, in variegated form (this image), and the more traditional type in flower (right).