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

Skyracer Moor Grass

Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Skyracer'

Also called Purple Moor Grass

  • 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



100-220 cm

90-125 cm

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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. 

Additional Notes about Skyracer Moor Grass:

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.