Molinia (Moor Grass)
Molinia Grasses are an elegant family of generally taller, hardy grasses. Perfect for cutting down maintenance in your garden and providing graceful height and interest. They can look wonderful as part of an architectural planting scheme, in a gravel or Mediterranean style garden, or as a centrepiece in a large courtyard garden, and are incredibly striking in swathes along a sunny border adding gentle elegance to your planting schemes. Plant with other ornamental grasses, with wildflowers such as Rudbeckia and Verbena for a natural look, or at the back of a border with Campanula, Nepeta and Lychnis planted in front of them.
These super plants have flat narrow leaves that are mainly green, turning a beautiful coppery brown in Autumn and Winter. But the wow factor of Molina (Moor Grass) is the fountainesque sprays of graceful see-through flower spikes from early Summer that drift gently in the breeze in pinks, greens and purples depending on the variety. Easy to grow, Molinia (Moor Grass) grasses will quickly develop into a weed supressing mat.
For best results with Molinia grasses, plant them in full sun (though they will tolerate partial shade), in fertile, moist, but well drained soil, though they will tolerate drier soils once established. Cut and comb out the last year’s flower stems and dead leaves in late winter or early Spring. Divide congested plants in Spring.
How to grow Molinia
Position: Full sun, partial shade
Foliage: Deciduous, perennial
Soil and site: Best in moist, fertile, well drained soil
Flowering time: Late Summer to late Autumn
Growth rate: Moderate/fast
Ultimate height and spread: Height to 200cm, spread to approximately 180cm
Hardiness: Hardy once established
Aftercare: Cut back old dead growth in early Spring. Divide overcrowded plants in Spring every few years if necessary.