Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Moor Grass

Molinia

Molinia caerulea
A cool-season, dense, clumping grass, native from Europe to western Siberia; south to northern Africa to the Middle East. In warmer parts of its range, it is usually found in mountain meadows. In the British Isles, it is found on heaths and bogs.
The foliage and flower height varies depending on variety, however the linear leaves are narrow, only up to 0.3 inches in width.
The flower panicles, up to 20 inches in length, are usually dark purple, ripening mid-summer and remaining attractive until mid-autumn.
Hardy zones 3 to 8 in full sun to partial shade on moist, acidic to very acidic, light soils. Tolerant of wet conditions. It is often slow to establish. Propagation is from division or seed.

* USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

'Continuous Ray'
Also called 'Dauerstrahl'. Forms a intense bright green foliage clump up to 1 foot with arching flower plumes up to 4 feet high borne during mid to late summer.
The foliage turns to glowing golden-yellow during autumn.

'Cordoba'
A clumping grass, reaching up to 7.5 x 7 feet, with green foliage, up to 2.5 feet high, that turns to glowing deep golden-yellow during late autumn.
The purple flower spikes are borne during mid to late summer.

'Heidebraut'
Also called 'Bride of the Heath'. A clumping grass, reaching up to 4.2 x 5.7 feet, with green foliage that turns glowing deep golden-yellow during autumn.
The purple flower spikes are borne during mid to late summer.

'Moor Flame'
Forms a compact deep green foliage clump up to 20 inches x 2.5 foot with flower plumes up to 4 feet high borne during mid to late summer.
The fine-textured deep green foliage turns to glowing orangish-red during autumn.

'Moorhexe'
Forms a foliage clump up to 20 x 32 inches. The foliage turns to golden-yellow or orange during autumn. The dark colored flower plumes, up to 3.3 feet high, are borne during mid to late summer.

'Source of Ray'
Also called 'Strahlenquelle'. Forms a foliage clump up to 2 foot with arching, heavy, large, purple flower plumes up to 4 feet high borne during mid to late summer.

'Variegata' ( Variegated Purple Moor Grass )
Forms a foliage clump up to 2 x 2.2 foot with arching flower plumes up to 4 feet high borne during mid to late summer. The attractive foliage is striped yellow.
Thrives in full sun to partial shade.

* photo taken on July 15 2013 in Harford Co., MD

Molina littoralis ( Tall Purple Moor Grass )
Hardy zones 4 to 8

'Fontaine'
Forms a foliage clump up to 4 foot with gracefully arching flower plumes up to 6 feet high borne during mid to late summer. The foliage turns golden-yellow in autumn.

'Friend of the Mountain'
Also called 'Bergfreund'. Forms a foliage clump up to 3 foot with rich colored flower plumes up to 5 feet high borne during mid to late summer.

'Karl Foerster'
Forms a foliage clump up to 3 foot with flower plumes up to 7 feet high borne during mid to late summer.

'Skyracer'
Stiffly upright, forming a gray-green foliage clump up to 3.5 ( often under 2.5 ) x 4 feet with showy golden-yellow flower plumes up to 9 feet high borne during mid to late summer.
The foliage turns to golden-yellow and orange during autumn.

* photos taken on Aug 24 2017 @ U.S. Botanic Garden, Wash. DC.

* photo taken on Sep 3 2017 @ U.S. National Arboretum, D.C.


'Staefa'
Forms a foliage clump up to 1 foot with profuse, finely-textured flower plumes up to 5 feet high borne during mid to late summer.

'Transparent'
Forms a foliage clump up to 1 foot with gracefully arching, large flower plumes up to 8 feet high borne during mid to late summer.
The entire plant can reach up to 3 feet across.

'Wind's Game'
Also called 'Windspiel'. Forms a foliage clump up to 15 inches with coppery, upright flower plumes up to 7 feet high borne during mid to late summer.

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