Molinia caerulea cv. "variegata" or Variegated Moor Grass is a perennial, clump-forming grass, with green and creamy white striped leaf blades that reach 24 to 30 inches (60-75 cm) in height. The leaf blades are .25 inches (7 mm) wide tapering to a fine point. It is hardy in USDA zones 4-9.
Blooming Time: Summer.
Culture: Molinia caerulea cv. "variegata" does best in full sun to partial shade with a well drained soil mix. In the greenhouse, we use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 part sand or perlite. The plants are kept moist for optimum growth and fertilized on a weekly basis throughout the growing season. Even with a good fertilizer program, they are slow growing and can take several years for the leaves to reach their mature height. Planted outside in zone 7, they take about 3 years to reach their mature height. They make a very showy plant en masse and are attractive also as individuals. They are deciduous and do die back in winter (they are herbaceous, as are most grasses). In containers, we drop the temperature to 45° F (~7° C) during the winter months and restrict water.
Propagation: Molinia caerulea cv. "variegata" are propagated by division in the spring.
Molinia caerulea cv. "variegata" was featured as Plant of the Week December 13-19, 2002.
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