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Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea Variegata


Variegated Purple Moor Grass

Dense upright tufts of variegated foliage

A striking, neat grass which has long pale green leaves with creamy-yellow stripes. In summer it is topped with pale purple/yellow flowers on long stems which can reach up to 100cm.


This slow- growing plant prefers to grow in full sun and can be grown in containers as well as borders or gravel gardens.


Happiest in a well-drained soil. Use a good quality general purpose compost for container growing and raise the pot on 'pot feet' through the winter months to help with drainage.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Grass
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 35 cm - 50 cm
Plant width 5 cm - 10 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 45 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Light sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September