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Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea 'Karl Foerster'

Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea 'Karl Foerster'



About this cultivar:

Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea 'Karl Foerster' provides see-through, delicate plumes on upright and arching stems energetically leap skybound from a green, pedestal. Bearing the name of the legendary German nurseryman Karl Foerster (1874-1970), this Molinia’s gossamer like inflorescences first emerge suffused in purply raisin shades, and by autumn gilded highlights set the lofty blooms aglow, further heightening the butter yellow hues of the stalks and leaves below. Karl would be proud.

  • Position: Full sun, partial shade
  • Soil: Almost any soil, grows well in Ballyrobert
  • Flowers: July, August, September, October, November
  • Other features: -
  • Hardiness: Fully hardy, grows well in Ballyrobert
  • Habit: Clump forming, Tufted
  • Foliage: Deciduous
  • Height: 150 - 180 cm (5 - 6 ft)
  • Spread: 90 - 120 cm (3 - 4 ft)
  • Time to full growth: 2 to 5 years
  • Plant type: Herbaceous Perennial, Grass like
  • Colour: Green, yellow, white
  • Goes well with: Achillea, Helenium, Aster, Aconitum, Solidago, Eupatorius, Persicaria, Vernoncia, and Astilbe

About this genus:

Molinia (mol-ee-ne-a), commonly known as moor grass, is a genus of two species of flowering plants in the grass family (Poaceae), native to damp moorland in Europe and north and south west Asia. They are both herbaceous perennial grasses. The genus is named after Juan Ignacio Molina, a 19th-century Chilean naturalist. The two species are Molinia caerulea (purple moor grass) and Molinia japonica (Japanese moor grass). The specific epithet caerulea means deep blue and refers to the purple spikelets. Do I have to tell you what the specific epithet japonica means!?!?

Molinia is native to low-lying marshlands and riverbanks. Consequently, it requires moist, cool summer conditions for optimal performance; not a problem on these islands. Like most grasses it will tolerate a bit of drought. In other words, this genus will grow almost anywhere.

Molinia’s sturdy stems hold delicate, straw-coloured panicles all season above dense, arching tufts of deep green foliage. Plant Molinia where the light in your garden is best - I think it is perhaps the most beautiful grass to watch sunlight glisten through in the summer, autumn and winter. I am not alone- 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, Pair it with other grasses for dramatic effect. To heighten the drama, give them plenty of room and a dark background. If that sounds too much drama try pairing with late flowers such as Achillea, Helenium, Aster, Aconitum, Solidago, Eupatorius, Persicaria, Vernonia ,and Astilbe.