The Molinia caerulea 'Variegata' is a genus from the Poaceae family and is commonly named variegated purple moor-grass. The variegated purple moor-grass is native to Europe and Asia where it grows in moist soils.
The Molinia caerulea 'Variegata' is an elegant and decorative ornamental grass with bright leaves. The flower stems are green at first and then quickly turn to golden yellow. They grow upright and reach a height of about 28 inches (70 cm). De flower spikes at the end of the stems are green with purplish tones but fade to light brown rapidly.
The Molinia caerulea 'Variegata' is a very undemanding ornamental grass that grows almost anywhere. The variegated purple moor-grass prefers moist soils and can even survive being submerge completely in water for a period. This ornamental grass tolerates drought surprisingly well and It is also tolerant to salt. The variegated purple moor-grass prefers acidic soils. In warmer regions the Molinia caerulea 'Variegata' likes some shade and a bit more moist.
The variegated purple moor-grass forms a clump that slowly spreads. You can dig up the clump and divide it. It is best to do this in early spring (February/March) around the time the first leaves appear. The Molinia caerulea 'Variegata' is not invasive and does not spread through seed.
In autumn the leaves turn yellow. The withered leaves are perfect protection against the cold for insects, frogs, toads and salamanders. So leave them during winter. In spring the new leaves will start growing. That is the time that I pull the old leaves away to make room for the new growth. Personally I prefer that to cutting. I find It easier and if you cut you may damage the new leaves.
Attracts bees: no
Characteristic: newly emerging every year
Exposure: sun/ part shade
Flower colour: brown
Flowering time: July – October
Foliage colour: green/white
Fragrant flower: no
Hardiness: -20 ºC (-4 ºF)
Height: 16 inches (40 cm)