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Tall purple moor grass

Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Sky Racer'

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‘Skyracer’ grows to about 3 feet wide and 2 to 3 feet wide, and in late summer to early fall, sends up delicate panicles to a height of 6 or 7 feet. This finely-textured ornamental grass is great for areas where you need height but don’t have space for a wider, heavier plant. It works well in a sunny border but make sure you site it so you can see it closeup. Expect outstanding yellow color in fall.

CareCut it back in late autumn, early winter, or spring; or let the stems break off on their own. Divide in spring as needed. It tolerates low soil fertility and acid or alkaline conditions.

PropagationDivide in spring.


  • Genus : Molinia
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Fall, Late Summer, Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Plant Type : Grasses
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Characteristics : Showy Fall Foliage, Showy Foliage

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