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Purple moorgrass

Molinia caerulea

Purple moorgrass

Backlit by a late-afternoon autumn sun or dotted with raindrops after a shower, the tall, delicate flower panicles of moorgrass are spectacular. Tall varieties are bold in larger landscapes, while shorter ones are in scale with smaller gardens. The dense tufts of arching leaves are handsome from spring through summer and have good fall color.

Moorgrass prefers some shade in the South, but elsewhere full sun is appreciated. Mass plants on a large scale for additional impact.

Sun,Part Sun
Plant Type:
Plant Height:
2-7 feet tall
Plant Width:
To 1 foot wide
Bloom Time:
Blooms spring through to fall, depending on variety
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Slopes,Groundcover
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Fall Color,Cut Flowers,Dried Flowers,Attracts Birds,Drought Tolerant,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Plant It With

The pink, white, or blue bell flowers of peach-leaf bellflower show off well against the tall purple moorgrass flower spikes. They enjoy similar conditions.


Summer-blooming daylilies of any hue play of well against the grassy foliage and tall flower spikes of purple moorgrass in sunny gardens.

Perennial geranium

The 2-foot-tall mounds of Rozanne geranium are covered with blue-violet flowers from midsummer on and assort well with purple moorgrass in sun or light shade.


In late summer, large lilac daisies of Thompson's aster combines well with purple moorgrass as it begins to dress in its fall colors.