Skyracer Purple Moor Grass

Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea 'Skyracer'

A mounding clump of gently arching, blue-green blades offer striking texture and contrast with upright stems of delicate purplish plumes that tower above the foliage and shimmer when back lit by the sun. Bronze seed heads that develop in fall accent the golden-hued foliage. Great for use as an accent or for a showier mass planting. Deciduous.
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Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.


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Botanical Pronunciationmo-LIN-i-a see-ROO-lee-uh arundinacea
Average Size at MaturityFoliage reaches 2 to 4 ft. tall and wide, with plumes 6 to 8 ft. tall.
Bloom TimeSummer to Early Fall
Design IdeasExcellent accent or mass planting for wildlife friendly or urban landscapes.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Plumes
Flower ColorPurplish-pink
Foliage ColorBlue-green
Garden StyleMediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitNarrow, Upright
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Mass Planting, Accent, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureClump Forming, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Naturalizes Well, Tolerates Wet Soils, Bird Friendly, Tolerates Urban Pollution
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsElderberry (Sambucus); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Aster (Aster); Barberry (Berberis); Coneflower (Echinacea)

Provide enriched, moist, neutral to acidic soil. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish root system; once established, maintain evenly moist soil. Provide some shade and ample water in hot, arid locations. Remove old, faded foliage before new leaves emerge.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

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