Skyracer Purple Moor Grass

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Airy Texture, Upright Skyracer Purple Moor Grass

  • Charming Accent
  • Very Tall Purplish Plumes Soar Above Grassy Clump
  • Blades of Grass Have Golden Fall Color
  • Stylish Addition to Landscape
  • Narrow, Upright Growth Habit
  • Easy to Grow and Maintain
  • Grows in Soils that are Occasionally Wet
  • Tolerates Urban Settings
  • Tolerates Black Walnut Juglone

If your house is your castle, your landscape is your sanctuary. Create a very peaceful respite from the hustle-bustle of the modern world with Skyracer Purple Moor Grass (Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea 'Skyracer').

These cunning little plants have a narrow, short, mounding clump of blue-green foliage. Then, out of the center, wonderful purple stems rise tall and form an airy cloud of seed heads starting in mid-summer.

Youll be enchanted by the yearly display. This accent grass is small and compact, and the elongated, wispy plumes move and dance in the slightest breeze. Its incredible!

Make a statement in any border with this fine-textured selection. The beautiful clouds of airy seed heads will simply shine in the sun.

Some of the worlds most renowned garden designers have used the Skyracer Purple Moor Grass to great effect. This ethereal charmer adds a tremendous amount of interest, softens the look of evergreen trees and shrubs, and helps to settle the soul.

Order your Skyracers today! Youll be so pleased by the high quality of our plant material, all carefully prepared for shipment by the expert growers at Nature Hills.

How to Use Skyracer Purple Moor Grass in the Landscape

Some Ornamental Grasses are thick enough to provide privacy screening during the season. Not Skyracer.

Use this instead as an outstanding accent plant that decorates special areas with an open feeling.

Place them where youll see the shimmering seed heads move and sway on their long, fine-textured purple stems. They look great on the sunny side of stolid evergreen trees or shrubs or to soften a long retaining wall.

Pro Tip - Skyracer Purple Moor Grass looks incredible in the setting sun, so give them a spot where the last rays of sunlight will hit them during the Magic Hour!

Plant it by your outdoor seating areas. Or, use it as a very special focal point for a Meditation Garden. Use them along the length of your patio or front walk for a very modern look.

Try a single specimen plant, or wind several of them here and there to spotlight your perennial border. They tolerate moist be sure to add them to the edge of Rain Gardens in low areas of your yard.

Add drama with a long row of Skyracer Purple Moor Grass. Plant them 3 feet apart on center, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Skyracer Purple Moor Grass can be grown in full sun or partial shade. It flowers best with more sun, so give it at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day.

Careful attention to watering to establish your plant then it becomes so easy to care for. Simply cut all stems down each year very early spring before it starts to grow right down to just a couple of inches.

The grass blade height gets 2-4 feet tall. The flowering stems will add another 2-3 feet above the clump of grass leaves.

It prefers evenly moist soil. Please pay careful attention to watering. Use the Finger Test to check the moisture level in the soil. Poke your finger in the ground next to your plant. If its getting dry, give it a drink. If its still moist, skip watering and check tomorrow.

In some locations, Skyracer grows too well and is regulated. Nature Hills uses an online tool called Plant Sentry to block shipments into and out of regulated areas. Enter your zip code to see if we can safely ship to you. Please, only buy plant material from responsible online growers.

Youll want to trim back the plumes before wintertime and place them in your yard waste. Then, in early spring, cut the foliage back to the ground. Chop, then add the spent foliage to your garden bed as valuable mulch.

Youll be excited to see the fresh, green shoots emerge from the crown. Watch for the long plumes to develop in mid-summer. What a nice addition these inviting plants make to your late Summer and Fall Garden.

Order your Skyracer Purple Moor Grass today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

About Plant Sentry™

Plant Sentry is designed to protect both consumers and the nursery trade from invasive plant pests and diseases. Sites that display the Plant Sentry protection badge are protected from consumers buying and nurseries shipping material carrying invasive pests and diseases.

This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Skyracer Purple Moor Grass Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea 'Skyracer'
Mature Height 2 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Color Ornamental Grass
Foliage Ornamental Grass
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly No