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Variegated Moor Grass

Molinia caerulea 'Variegata'

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.
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Water regularly to keep soil surface moist, but not soggy.

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Botanical Pronunciationmo-LIN-i-a see-ROO-lee-uh
LoreMoor grass was used for thatching and straw for livestock in early agricultural communities of northern Europe.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 12 to 18 in. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeMidsummer to fall, persisting into winter.
Design 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Rustic
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseContainer, Mass Planting, Cutting Garden, Edging, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Easy Care, Fall Color, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to keep soil surface moist, but not soggy.
Companion PlantsCamellia (Camellia); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Daylily (Hemerocallis); Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla); Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia)

Provide 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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-9

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