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Molinia

Basic Facts:

Common Names: Moor Grass.

Garden Use:

Grasses that are a spectacular addition to the border especially valuable for late summer, autumn and winter interest.  The flower panicles are attractive and the stems wave gracefully in the breeze.  Most turn butter-yellow in the autumn and winter.

Cut Flower Use:

The flower stems and seed heads an be used in arrangement and also dried for winter use.

Cultivation:

They prefer moist soils but do well on our free-draining sand. They are one of the best grasses for demanding, exposed, cold sites. The dead stems will detach from the plant in winter making it easy to tidy them up.

Propagation:

They are warm season grasses, so only divide in late spring. They form clumps and are readily divided to create more plants.

Pests and Diseases:

None that we know of.

History:

A member of the Poaceae family.

Molina Transparent

As the name suggests this is grass has very fine stems that become nearly transparent to view through with heads of purplish flowers floating on top from late August.  A true designer's plant great at the front a border despite its 6ft plus height.

Price 4.50 (9cm pot)

Molinia Windspiel

The name literally translating as "Wind Play" and this certainly lives up to its name - dancing in the breeze and looking stunning from August onwards. Gets to about 6ft / 2m in our dry soil and clumps up readily.

Price 4.50 (9cm pot)

Find out more about Windspiel in autumn in garden notebook for October 2009

Molinia Strahlenquelle

The name translates as "Sparkling Fountain" and the shape of the plant does suggest a fountain of grass.. Gets to about 3ft / 1m in our dry soil and clumps up readily.

Price 4.50 (9cm pot)

Molinia Moorhexe

Good short variety growing to less than 3ft tall. The name means "Moor Witch".

Price 4.50 (9cm pot)

Perfect Partners: Molinia Moorhexe with Helenium Red Army in our garden early August.

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