purple moor grass
Molina caerulea

Purple moor grass prefers cool, moist summers, but will grow in Iowa's hot summers if given enough water. The plants take two to three years to become established. The flowers are held well above the foliage and sway gracefully in any breeze.

 

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Varigated Purple Moor grass (Molinia caerulea var. varigata). 23 Sept 2003. Reiman Gardens, Ames. Photo: Anna Gardner

Annual or perennial: perennial

Origin: Eurasia

Height: 2-7'

Hardiness: 4

Habit: clumping

Moisture: moist

Propagation: division

Light: light shade-full sun

Flowering: July-September

Uses: specimen plantings, fresh and dried flowers

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Tall purple moor grass (Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea ‘Skyracer’). 23 Sept 2003. Reiman Gardens, Ames. Photo: Anna Gardner

 

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