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Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Skyracer'

Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Skyracer'
Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Skyracer'Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Skyracer'Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Skyracer'

Family:  Poaceae
Main Season:  Summer
Flower Colour:  Gold
Leaf Colour:  Green
Position:  Sun
Soil Type:  Good, moist, humus-rich
Height:  1.8m to 2.4m (6' to 8')
Pot Size:  1.4L



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A big, tall variety grown for it's arching stems of branched flowers in midsummer followed by stunning orange-yellow autumn foliage and stem colour.  Good soil in sun.  2.4m.

One of our favourites (is that a dangerous thing to say?) with it's big clumps (60cm x 60cm) of light green foliage and thicker than average, arching, flower stems topped with large, branching, heads of flowers in June-July.  Despite the arching habit it will usually attain 2.4m once established, even in average soil.

The best bit of 'Skyracer' though, as with many, is the autumn colour.  The leaves turn to a warm golden yellow and the stems a bright orange-yellow, the seedheads a bronzey straw.  This is one of the Purple Moor Grasses that really gives a good "bonfire" effect in October and November in the garden and is a great mixer with drifts of herbaceous perennials with strong seedheads like Veronicastrum and Monarda.

Named by Kurt Bluemel.

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