Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea ‘Heidebraut’

purple moor grass

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Outstanding Qualities

"Heidebraut' purple moor grass has a lot going for it! Versatile, it grows in sun or part shade. It is clump forming, medium sized, easy to care for, long lived, has a long season of interest and remains upright, even in Pacific Northwest rains. Sprinkle it through a border or along the edge of woodland paths. Use it in groups or on its own. It is one of the first grasses to bloom, and its inflorescences create an airy effect above its tufted foliage. In fall the whole plant turns golden and seems to glow in the soft autumnal light. If possible, plant it where it is backlit by the setting sun. 'Heidebraut' looks good with a wide variety of other plants or with a ""weaver,"" such as geraniums 'Salome' or 'Anne Folkard', scrambling through its foliage. "

Quick Facts

Plant Type: grass

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: regular watering during dry weather

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: purple, pink, cream, red

Great Color Partners: gold, dark green, blue

Culture Notes
This lush and beautiful grass will grow best in full sun with rich moist to well-drained soils, although it will tolerate sand and clay. Provide regular watering during dry weather, especially in warmer areas of the maritime Pacific Northwest. The seed heads will look attractive well into winter. Cut the grass to the ground in January or February.