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Molinia - Moor grass

buying molinia grass

If you buy a graceful moor grass, you will have many design options. Whether as an elegant solitary plant for lawns or planted in loose groups and strips: the representatives of the genus Molinia grace natural perennial beds, woody plantings and pond edges. The numerous, graceful inflorescences that hover above the clumps, not to mention the magnificent, usually golden autumn colouration are both distinctive features of this summer green ornamental grass. Not only in the natural garden, but also in the modern garden, moor grass has a deserved place: as an accent plant it emphasises edges and it can be distributed in a rhythmic repetition throughout the garden, without ever blocking the view. Colourful flowering perennials can thus be wonderfully integrated into the light and airy grass frame. In a pot or container, of course, moor grass also comes into its own. Its delicate flowers and seeds are also often used in floristry.

Molinia grasses are easy to care for: they love well-drained soils with a good water supply, but also tolerate a temporary dryness. Once they have established themselves at a site, they prove to be extremely simple to look after.

Grasses for Sun and Light Shade

In our Lubera® assortment we have compiled popular varieties of moor grasses for you. Basically, two domestic species are to be distinguished:

  • The tall or giant moor grass (Molinia arundinacea) produces spreading clumps and can reach a height of more than two metres during the flowering period. These tall grasses score with an almost magical transparency of their finely branched flower spikes, which makes them stand out in the world of grasses.

The variety 'Karl Foerster' forms low, hemispherical clumps and bronze inflorescences. The beautiful growth is best admired when it is planted individually. 'Transparent' offers a dream-like silhouette with its lush foliage and the graceful, slightly inclined inflorescences.

  • The purple moor grass (Molinia caerulea) is generally smaller and is mostly planted for its upright, dense clumps, from which the brown-purple flower tips rise in the summer. Due to its variety and lightness, a gentle breeze creates a billowing sea that ensures movement in every plant. Due to their compact growth form, the varieties of moor grass are predestined for edge plantings of all kinds.

'MoorHexe' is a small grass with dainty, almost black flower stalks, which sets interesting accents in every garden area. Especially in the heather garden it can be very nicely combined with dwarf shrubs. 'Edith Dudszus' is a variety that enriches the assortment with its medium height.

   
 
Molinia arundinacea 'Karl Foerster'

Purple moor-grass 'Karl Foerster'

From £5.90 *

Molinia caerulea 'Edith Dudszus'

Purple moor grass 'Edith Dudszus'

From £4.40 *

Molinia caerulea 'Moorhexe'

Purple moor-grass

From £4.40 *

   
 
buying molinia grass

Worth Knowing About Molinia Grasses

The genus Molinia within the large family of grasses includes four species, two of which are native to Central Europe. In literature, Molinia arundinacea, the tall moor grass, is sometimes only listed as a subspecies of Molinia caerulea. The tall-growing representatives are scattered in sparse deciduous and coniferous forests and in calcareous bogs and floodplains. Its botanical name refers to the reeds or tubular flower stalks, so it is not surprising that they are also popularly called pipe grasses. Purple moor grass is widespread in areas with acidic soil and thrives on meadows, fallow land, in bogs and forests.

The rather hard inflorescences of the giant moor grass were used in the early days to clean pipes, which is why the name can be traced back. The long, smooth stalks of the purple moor grass were used in the past for brooms.

Moor grasses are so-called cool-season grasses that love a temperate climate. During the cold season, their above-ground plant parts wither, but the shoot sprout already in the winter. These grasses take about two to three years to reach their final size.

Location

The ideal location for a moor grass should offer many direct sun rays, but also a light, semi-shaded place in the garden is sufficient for good development. Moor grass feels particularly good on slightly acidic, humus-peaty soil and thus also blends in wonderfully with a bog bed. Both of these species, however, tolerate – despite their preferences – normal garden soil, which is ideally fresh to moist, nutrient-rich and permeable. Long-lasting waterlogging is not well tolerated, as this leads to fouling of the roots. A very sandy, well-drained soil should always be well mulched.

Care

If you buy a moor grass, you will receive an easy to care for ornamental grass. Its dead upper plant parts provide good protection in the winter and should, therefore, be removed only in the spring. In longer periods of heat and drought, you should sufficiently water the grasses. If you want to avoid self-sowing, it is recommended to cut the inflorescences in autumn. Mulching around the plants suppresses unwanted growth and keeps the moisture in the soil better. Too thick a layer of mulch directly on the plant, however, can cause rot.

Pruning and Propagating

Radical pruning is often unnecessary. Remove dead plant material and dried stalks in early spring – preferably before re-emergence, so as not to affect the plant. If you buy a moor grass, you can propagate and rejuvenate it after some time by splitting it with a spade; the best time to do this is in early spring.

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