Botanical Name: Molinia caerulea ssp arundinacea
Common Name: Purple Moor Grass
Category: Hardy Perennial
Seed Count: 100
Molinia caerulea ssp arundinacea, Purple Moor Grass: Native to Europe, west Asia, and north Africa. It grows in locations from the lowlands right up to 2,300 m (7,546 ft) in the Alps. Extremely hardy, this giant of Purple Moor Grass makes a spectacular clump. The blue green foliage grows to around 45cm tall. During early to mid summer, masses of long stems holding huge divided, purple flower spikes emerge to 90cm, these age to a beautiful golden brown. Happy in most soils but prefers in neutral to acid soil. Enjoys some sun but part shade is best. Some moisture required when first planted, but once established will tolerate dry summers. 90cm x 90cm.
Sow Molinia seed indoors in late winter to early spring or in autumn in a well lit position. Use good quality seed raising mix and lightly cover the seed with grit or sieved compost. Seeds germinate around 20 degrees C and usually appear in two to four weeks but can occasionally be slower and irregular. Keep in cooler conditions once germinated. Pot on into 75mm tubes once large enough to handle and plant out in garden once all frosts have past.