Purple Moor-grass - Molinia caerulea


    A tufted, often tussock forming grass that can reach over a metre in height. The leaves are grey green above and dark green beneath. The panicle is 5 to 30 cm in length, green to purple flushed and spike like.

    Identification difficulty

    Found on heaths, moors and fens.

    When to see it

    Flowers from June to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread over most of Britain, but sometimes quite local.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional and sparsely distributed in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 28 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map