Molinia

Moor Grass

Innovative landscape architect Wolfgang Oehme, who has included more than a million ornamental grasses in his designs since 1975, considers Molinias to be some of the very best performers of them all. Certainly the most kinetically exciting grass, Molinia’s sturdy stems hold the delicate, straw-colored panicles all season above dense, arching tufts of deep green foliage. To heighten the drama, give them plenty of room and a dark background.

When sunlight and moisture settle on ‘Transparent’s sheer, soft floral haze, umpteen loosely spaced tiny purple seed heads evoke an exquisite piece of frozen lace. The low, well-groomed mound of ribbon-like green blades gives way to tall, ultrafine arching stalks plus aptly named, unbranched inflorescences that linger high above the leaves. Swayed by the slightest breeze, this easily grown Molinia’s flowers furnish a sophisticated purple-tinged transparency near summer’s end, while golden tones imbue the entire plant when cooler nights arrive. It can be massed in a naturalized setting or reside midborder with Vernonia ‘Iron Butterfly’, Aster turbinellus and Achillea ‘Marmalade’ nearby.

Blooms July–November

Size: 5' 0" – 8' 0" high x 4' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

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