Variegated Moor Grass
Variegated Moor Grass
Molinia caerulea 'Variegata'Item #6170 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9
Highly ornamental clumps of green and creamy white striped blades, perfect for a continuous display as edging or a groundcover. Dainty spikes of gold flowers from late summer to fall. Grows in full sun in cool climates; best with some shade in hot, dry locations.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to keep soil surface moist, but not soggy.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 12 to 18 in. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:mo-LIN-i-a se-RU-le-aDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousGrowth habit:MoundingGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 12 to 18 in. tall and wide.Foliage color:VariegatedBlooms:Midsummer to fall, persisting into winter.Flower color:PurpleDesign IdeasWith its preference for acid soils, this Grass is ideal for the Pacific Northwest and Deep South. A great accent for the front of the border, or gang it around the edges of planters for a soft transition. Relaxed and sprawling, this Grass creates soft patches in wild gardens. Also attractive in sunny spots of shade gardens under conifers, where soil is acidic enough. Also does well on banks and borders. Short stature makes it good for city conditions.Companion PlantsCamellia (Camellia); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Daylily (Hemerocallis); Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla); Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia)
- CareCare InformationProvide enriched, moist, neutral to acidic soil. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish root system; once established, maintain evenly moist soil. Provide some shade and ample water in hot, arid locations. Remove old, faded foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to keep soil surface moist, but not soggy.
- History & LoreHistory:The genus for moor grass was named for Juan Molina (1740-1829), an authority on the natural history of Chile. The species are found in wet moorlands and heaths of the Old World from Europe to Japan. This is the only ornamental species.Lore:Moor grass was used for thatching and straw for livestock in early agricultural communities of northern Europe.