Molinia caerulea 'Variegata' - Variegated Purple Moor Grass
Molinia caerulea 'Variegata' - Variegated Purple Moor Grass - Photo courtesy of Sean James Consulting & Design

Variegated Purple Moor Grass

Molinia caerulea 'Variegata'

  • Forms a compact arching mound of creamy-white and green variegated foliage
  • Slender flower stalks rise well above the foliage, giving this grass an airy appearance
  • Flower spikes change to tan seeds as they age
  • Leaves turn a striking golden-yellow in the fall
  • Bloom Time: July
  • Flower Colour: Purple
  • Foliage Height: 50 cm
  • Flower Height: 80 cm
  • Grass Type: Cool Season



50-80 cm

40-60 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Molinia is slow to mature and could take 3-5 years to reach full size. Grows best in a moist, well-drained, acidic soil, in full sun to partial shade. You can trim back the dead foliage in the fall for a tidier appearance, or leave it until spring to improve winter interest and provide root protection.

Additional Notes about Variegated Purple Moor Grass:

Cool Season Grasses: These grasses do the majority of their growing in early spring and start again when temperatures start to cool in the fall. During the warmer summer months, they stop growing and some will even go dormant. Cool season grasses flower in the spring or early summer. Most cool season grasses grow best in a consistently moist soil.