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Molinia caerulea sp. caerulea 'Moorhexe'

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Common Name: Purple Moor Grass

Plant Family: Poaceae

Useful for:  Cut Flower
Planting Style:  prairie
Season of Interest:  Summer to Autumn
Position/ Situation:  Sunny Border
Sun or Shade:  Sun
Flower Colour:  Purple
Leaf Colour:  Green
Height:  low (up to 3 feet)
Habit/Shape:  Clump forming
Evergreen:  No
Soil Type:  Heavy/Clay
Soil PH:  Acid to Neutral
Hardiness/minimum temperature:  Hardy
Rabbit & Deer Resistance:  Deer & Rabbit Resistant Plants
Resistance to Honey Fungus:  Resistant to Honey Fungus
Scented flowers or leaves:  No Scent


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A cultivated form of our native Purple Moor Grass, which is found on moist heaths and moors. It makes a compact upright mound of leaves above which rise purplish flower heads. As autumn approaches the leaves turn a buttery yellow, before dying back in the winter. Cut back in spring before the new growth appears. Prefers soil on the acid soil, not too dry. In hot gardens it may appreciate light shade from hot midday sun. Cool season.


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