Autumn moor grass

Sesleria autumnalis

Photo/Illustration: 
Saxon Holt
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Autumn moor grass (Sesleria autumnalis)
sess-LAIR-ee-ah ot-um-NAL-iss
Genus:  Sesleria
This cool-season grass begins the season with bright green blades. In late summer and early fall, it produces silvery inflorescences which complement its golden-hued autumn foliage and persist throughout the winter.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  The linear evergreen leaves form subtle, attractive tufts, which occur in varying shades of yellowish-green, green, and blue. Most Seslerias are tough and cold hardy. These European, mountain-loving grasses are useful as tidy groundcovers en masse or in small groups, planted in rock gardens or as perennial edgers. They grow to about a foot tall and wide, with flower spikes to 18 inches.
Care:  Provide average, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun or light shade; most are drought tolerant once established. Cut clumps back to the ground in late winter.
Propagation:  Divide in spring or sow seed in spring or fall.
Problems:  Infrequent.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Adaptable
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Brown Flower,
White Flower
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Dried Flower,
Ground Covers,
Naturalizing
Style
Cottage Garden,
Formal Garden,
Meadow Garden,
Rock Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Drought Tolerant,
Frost Tolerant
Type
Grasses

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