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Molinia (Moor Grass)
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Including Molinia varieties Staefa, Cordoba, Dauerstrahl, Skyracer, and Bergfreund

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.


Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea ‘Bergfreund’  full sun  partial shade
Molinia caerulea Bergfreund

Invite this “friend of the mountain” into your garden bed and it will quickly become your friend as well. Dynamic yet not too imposing, a gauzy array of gently pendulous, rich-colored reddish purple panicles mingle on dark green upright stems. Handsome foliage forms a low green stage that radiates yellow hues in autumn. Studded with ricelike beads transmuting warm chestnut hues when mature, the airy plumes should be headlined right up front where they become a mysterious veil that you can peer through.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 4' 0"–5' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.


Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea ‘Bergfreund’ (G-0489)
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Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea ‘Cordoba’  full sun  partial shade  new plant

A boldly architectural grass thought to be one of famed plant breeder Ernest Pagel's last selections, 'Cordoba' stands nearly 7 ft. tall, a monolithic beacon of dramatic proportions. Noble green blades construct the substantial moderately upright leafy mound, releasing gently arching erect stems and sheer purple-hued seed heads. Its enticing shades of yellow herald autumn with sunshine- soaked leaves and butterscotch-colored waning inflorescences. Recently rediscovered and introduced by Intrinsic Perennial Gardens, this vigorous easily cultivated Molinia relishes cool moist conditions, appreciates additional water during hot spells, makes a statuesque stand-alone and steals the show when massed.

Blooms June–November

Size: 6' 0"–7' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea ‘Cordoba’ (G-0543)
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Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea ‘Karl Foerster’  full sun  partial shade

See-through, delicate plumes on upright and arching stems energetically leap skybound from a green, 2-½ ft. tall foliar pedestal. Bearing the name of the legendary German nurseryman Karl Foerster, this Molinia’s gossamerlike inflorescences first emerge suffused in purply raisin shades, and by fall gilded highlights set the lofty blooms aglow, further heightening the butter yellow hues of the stalks and leaves below.

Blooms June – October.

Size: 6' 0"–7' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea ‘Karl Foerster’ (G-0486)
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Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea ‘Skyracer’  full sun  partial shade

Donning a sculptural statesmanlike presence and a dancer’s grace, especially when set in motion by summer breezes, this distinctive Kurt Bluemel selection grows narrowly upright. The pendulous grayish green ribbons comprise a low, 2 ft. high mounding clump that launches stiff stems with plum-colored seed heads and feathery, see-through panicles. Still showy in November, both foliage and lofty inflorescences adopt cozy sun-kissed golden yellow and amber fall colors.

Blooms June to October.

Size: 7' 0"–8' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea ‘Skyracer’ (G-0031)
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Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea ‘Staefa’  full sun  partial shade  new plant

Dark green ribbon-like blades and golden fall color distinguish ‘Staefa’s spiffy 2 to 3 ft. tall mound that debuts a bounty of stiff-stemmed predominately upright airy panicles. Named after a lakeside Swiss city, this stately Molinia can edge a trail, be planted mid-border or viewed from afar, where its captivating fine textured blooms promise a graceful visual feast, either glowing in the afternoon sun, waltzing with the wind or accompanying Sedum ‘Septemberglut’ and Filipendula ‘Venusta Alba’.

Blooms July–October

Size: 4' 0"–5' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea ‘Staefa’ (G-0056)
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Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea ‘Heidebraut’  full sun  partial shade
Heather Bride

Sporting a distinctive upright profile, the narrow tailored column of divergent thin green blades gives way to erect stems closely laden with greenish purple flower spikelets. Misty looking inflorescences offer beguiling glimpses of what lies behind, while flaxen-colored foliage signals autumn. Heather Bride’s striking vertical aspect can be positioned in the rockery, massed in a natural setting or planted as a counterpoint amid smaller more lax-looking plants.

Blooms June-October.

Size: 2-1/2'–4' 0" high x 2' 0"–3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea ‘Heidebraut’ (G-0549)
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Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea ‘Moorflamme’  full sun  partial shade  new plant
Moor Grass

An exquisite German selection of Moor Grass, this Molinia's wispy, flaxen-hued inflorescences nimbly sway on 2 ft. slender stems above a pleasing, compact clump of arching and slender green blades, which turns an intense orange-red in autumn. Clearly 'Moorflamme' proclaims its colorful intensity.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 4' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea ‘Moorflamme’ (G-0090)
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Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea ‘Strahlenquelle’  full sun  new plant

Likened to poetry in motion when a lazy wind stirs, stiff slender stems rise well above widely arching compact blades, bowing under the weight of fine textured, large hazy purple blooms. Ideal for small-scale gardens, the neat slim green leaves and stalks are shorter than our other Molinia selections, and come fall their lambent golden yellow hues invigorate the landscape. This first-rate dwarf cultivar projects a broad light-footed stance that partners well with the magenta flowers of willowy Dianthus carthusianorum.

Blooms July–November

Size: 2' 0"–3' 0" high x 2' 0"–3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea ‘Strahlenquelle’ (G-0017)
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Molinia caerulea ‘Dauerstrahl’  full sun  partial shade

The cultivar name translates to “enduring ray” for the long lasting beauty this fine textured grass bestows upon the garden. Prancing above robust low growing tufts of emerald green foliage, stiff mostly upright divergent stems showcase elegant panicles with slim dark purple spikelets.

‘Dauerstrahl’ is second-to-none as a container specimen or as a mixed border component, adding late season allure when bright golden yellow hues transform its blades and flowering stalks.

Blooms June – November.

Size: 3' 0"–4' 0" high x 2' 0"–2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 4.

Molinia caerulea ‘Dauerstrahl’ (G-0531)
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Molinia caerulea ‘Moorhexe’  full sun  partial shade
Molinia caerulea Moorhexe

This easily maintained cool season grass strikes a formal straight-up stance as its tidy narrow shaft of taut slim green blades presents unbowed needle-thin flower stems. The spiky gossamer-like open panicles yield dark purple inflorescences and plum brown seed heads, a stunning complement to the saffron-hued autumn foliar tones. Second-to-none for seaside or prairie schemes, a border, rockery or gravel garden, ‘Moorhexe’s compelling vertical silhouette effectively offsets lower growing plants like Sanguisorba 'Tanna' and Aster ‘Dream of Beauty’.

Blooms July–October

Size: 2' 0"–3' 0" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


Molinia caerulea ‘Moorhexe’ (G-0049)
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Molinia litoralis ‘Windspiel’  full sun  partial shade
Molinia litoralis Windspiel

The cultivar name is German for wind’s game and this grass plays against the sky. Stretching far above mounding 15 in. high, verdant ribbonlike blades, supple stems entertain an aura of tiny copper-colored inflorescences. We position ‘Windspiel’ in the frontlines and plant bold perennials such as Helianthus ‘Gold Lace’ or Vernonia crinita behind to enjoy the subtle other worldliness that’s created by looking through its blooms.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 6' 0"–7' 0" high x 5' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Molinia litoralis ‘Windspiel’ (G-0019)
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