Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea ‘Variegata’

variegated purple moor grass

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Outstanding Qualities

This clumping grass has yellow-striped foliage that grows a foot or so high in mounding tufts. In late summer, flowers and seed heads grow to 3 feet high, creating a lovely, airy effect. It does not seed around and works well in mass plantings planted 18 inches to 2 feet apart or as a specimen. Plant it with dwarf conifers to add interest and movement, or plant it with perennials for textural relief. Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea 'Variegata' looks wonderful in combination with the low-growing, purple-leaved Sedum 'Bertram Anderson'. Because of its petite habit, it also works well at the front of a border or in containters.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: grass

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: regular watering during dry weather

Resistant to: deer

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 late summer or fall. Cut the grass to the ground in fall once it yellows.