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Moorflame Moor Grass

Molinia caerulea 'Moorflame'

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Moorflame Moor Grass (Molinia caerulea 'Moorflame') at Pesche's Garden Center

Moorflame Moor Grass

Moorflame Moor Grass

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Moorflame Moor Grass (Molinia caerulea 'Moorflame') at Pesche's Garden Center

Moorflame Moor Grass in fall

Moorflame Moor Grass in fall

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  18 inches

Flower Height:  3 feet

Spread:  32 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Ornamental Features

Moorflame Moor Grass is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. The coppery-bronze seed heads are carried on showy plumes displayed in abundance from early to late fall. It features dainty spikes of tan flowers rising above the foliage from mid to late summer. Its grassy leaves emerge chartreuse in spring, turning green in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous coppery-bronze in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Moorflame Moor Grass is an open herbaceous perennial grass with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cut back to the ground in late winter before active growth resumes. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Moorflame Moor Grass is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Moorflame Moor Grass will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 32 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Edging  Garden 
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features