Molinia caerulea Heidebraut (Purple Moor Grass)
Compact and tidy, arching mounds of green foliage support large numbers of willowy flower stems that move and sway in the breeze. The violet-purple flowers are produced from early in the season right through Summer and by Autumn the whole plant has changed to attractive glowing hues of yellow. This is a great plant for a little height and structure and the brown stems stand up well all Winter to give a very long season of interest.
Purple Moor Grass can be very effective in large swathes if you have space, they are also a very good foil for flowers in a mixed border and the plant is still small enough to make a very elegant specimen in a large pot.
Molinia Heidebraut is suitable for full sun or partial shade, any well drained soil.
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Molinia Heidebraut a deciduous grass, the old foliage should be left over the Winter as this will protect the crown of the plant from inclement weather conditions and will still provide structure and interest, especially on frosty days. Cut them back close to the ground in February or March before the new foliage emerges. The cut stems and foliage is useful as a natural mulch or may be composted.
How to grow Molinia Heidebraut
Position: Sun or partial shade.
Foliage: Deciduous grass, foliage turns to coppery red in Autumn and then brown in Winter, fresh new foliage emerges in spring.
Soil and site: Any well drained soil.
Flowering time: late Summer
Growth rate: Moderate/fast
Ultimate height and spread: up to 120cm x 60cm.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and through the first season until established. Cut to ground level in Early Spring.