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Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Skyracer'

Also called Purple Moor Grass


Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Skyracer' - Skyracer Moor Grass - Photo courtesy of Sean James Consulting & Design

More About Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Skyracer'

  • Forms a robust arching clump of wide medium-green leaves turning a golden-yellow in the fall
  • Purple flower spikes appear in July and change to tan seeds as they age
  • Open panicles rise well above the foliage
  • Slender flower stalks give the grass an airy appearance
  • Bloom Time: July
  • Flower Colour: Purple
  • Flower Height: 220 cm
  • Foliage Height: 100 cm
  • Grass Type: Cool Season

Interesting Notes:

Cool Season Grasses: These grasses do the majority of their growing in early spring and start again when temperatures start to cool in the fall. During the warmer summer months, they stop growing and some will even go dormant. Cool season grasses flower in the spring or early summer. Most cool season grasses grow best in a consistently moist soil.
 

 

Zone:

5

Height:

100-220 cm

Spread:

90-125 cm

Colour:

Purple
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Skyracer Moor Grass Growing and Maintenance Tips

This cultivar of molinia is a more robust grower and flower stalks have a more upright habit. Molinia is slow to mature and could take 3-5 years to reach full size. Grows best in a moist, well-drained, acidic soil, in full sun to partial shade. You can trim back the dead foliage in the fall for a tidier appearance, or leave it until spring to improve winter interest and provide additional winter protection. 


Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Skyracer' Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Ground cover
Ground cover
Rock garden
Rock garden

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Moist to Wet Soils
Moist to Average

Growth Rate

Slow

Attributes

Fall Color
Deciduous

Flowering Time

Summer

Habit

Clumping
Upright
Vase-shape

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Specimen
Woodland/woods edge
Border/edging

 Suitable Substitutions for Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Skyracer'