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Genus of 2 species of loosely or densely tufted, perennial moor grass. Found in damp moorland in Europe and N. and S. W. Asia. Grown for their attractive habit, autumn foliage and graceful dense to open panicles of compressed spikelets each with 4 florets held well above the foliage. Stiff, upright clumping thin deciduous foliage turns butter-yellow in winter. Open airy panicles of purple flowers mid summer. Native of acid bogs, flourish on most soils as long as not dry. Huge stretches of upland hillside and bog in Scotland covered with moor/deer grass. Move only in spring or early summer.

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