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PlantFiles: Purple Moor Grass
Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea 'Skyracer'

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Molinia (mol-IN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: caerulea subsp. arundinacea
Cultivar: Skyracer

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

One member has or wants this plant for trade.

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us


3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Noodles On Oct 25, 2012, Noodles from Olympia, WA wrote:

The tall thin blooms are especially beautiful when backlighted by the morning or evening sun.

Positive jeannekamgarden On May 17, 2010, jeannekamgarden from Downers Grove, IL wrote:

This is a great grass. Very tall. I've had it for years. It's in full sun all day and does fine. It's particularly beautiful in the Chicago area fall and winter.

Positive grik On Jun 24, 2008, grik from Saint Paul, MN wrote:

A well behaved clump of green in the garden. I forget I have it until it sends up its tall airy blooms and then it is quite lovely. Make sure to give it room for its display. It is like a living kinetic sculpture in the breeze.

Neutral Gabrielle On Jun 29, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Also known as Tall Moor Grass.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Downers Grove, Illinois
Commerce Township, Michigan
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Olympia, Washington
Richland, Washington

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