Purple Moor-grass - Molinia caerulea

Description

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.

Habitat

Found on heaths, moors and fens.

When to see it

Flowers from June to August.

Life History

Perennial.

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