Molinia Caerulea Dauerstrahl Grasses
Molinia caerulea Dauerstrahl (Purple Moor Grass)
Molinia caerulea Dauerstrahl Grasses are British native moorland hardy grasses. These super plants form dense clumps of narrow, linear dark green leaves which have attractive Autumn colouration, turning copper and bronze shades in the Winter before dying down. Its flowers are grass-like and non-showy, coloured with tones of purple and brown, these are borne on long delicate stems in the Summer through to Autumn. As the year progresses the whole seed head darkens, making for beautiful architectural displays in Autumn.
Perfect for cutting down maintenance in your garden and providing graceful height and interest. Molinia caerulea Dauerstrahl Grasses (Purple Moor Grass) look wonderful in a gravel or Mediterranean style garden, or as a feature 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 Rudbeckia and Verbena for a natural look, or at the back of a border with Campanula, Nepeta and Lychnis planted in front of them.
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For best results with Molinia caerulea Dauerstrahl grasses (Purple Moor Grass), plant them in full sun or partial shade, in fertile, moist, but well drained soil, though they will tolerate drier soils once established and can cope with dry soils and hard Winters. Cut back old growth close to ground level in early Spring.
How to grow Molinia caerulea Dauerstrahl
Position: Full sun, partial shade
Foliage: Deciduous, perennial
Soil and site: Best in moist, fertile, well-drained soil
Flowering time: Summer to late Autumn
Growth rate: Moderate/fast
Ultimate height and spread: Height 70 to 120cm, spread to approximately 200cm
Hardiness: Hardy once established
Aftercare: Cut back old dead growth close to ground level in early Spring.