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Purple Moor-grass

Molinia caerulea

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Poales
Family:
Poaceae (Grass)
Type:
Flower
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
90 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Bogs, fens, grassland, heathland, moorland, mountains, riversides, waterside.

Flower:
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Purple, no petals
 
Narrow clusters of 1 to 4 spikelets. Flowers are usually purple, but sometimes yellow or green. Anthers are brownish-purple.
Fruit:
Insignificant.
Leaves:
A tussock-forming perennial grass. Greyish leaves. Purple Moor-grass is similar to Blue Moor-grass and despite the names, they both have purple flowers. Blue Moor-grass is much shorter and grows on limestone grassland, whereas Purple Moor-grass grows on acid grassland.
Frequency (UK):
Abundant  
Similar Species:
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