previous
  • Using Containers as Elements of a Design
    Using Containers as Elements of a Design
  • Garden Design Basics
    Garden Design Basics
  • Pantone Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid
    Pantone Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid
  • Bold and Beautiful Zinnias
    Bold and Beautiful Zinnias
  • Homegrown / Homemade
    Homegrown / Homemade
  • Building Better Borders
    Building Better Borders
  • Rex Begonias
    Rex Begonias
  • DIY A-Frame Veggie Trellis
    DIY A-Frame Veggie Trellis
  • Seed Starting in Speedling Trays
    Seed Starting in Speedling Trays
  • Get your FREE Everyday Roses download now!
    Get your FREE Everyday Roses download now!
  • NEW Video Series: There's a Better Way
    NEW Video Series: There's a Better Way
  • Pick Plants for Fragrance
    Pick Plants for Fragrance
  • 10 Combinations for Shade
    10 Combinations for Shade
  • Plant Finder: Spring Plants
    Plant Finder: Spring Plants
  • How to Grow Mustard
    How to Grow Mustard
  • 3 Ways to Design with Containers
    3 Ways to Design with Containers
  • Indoor Seed Starting Materials List
    Indoor Seed Starting Materials List
  • 20 Gardenworthy Self-Sowers
    20 Gardenworthy Self-Sowers
  • Planting the Right Way
    Planting the Right Way
  • Black Plants Done Right
    Black Plants Done Right
  • 10 Seed-Starting Tips
    10 Seed-Starting Tips
  • Go Green on the Patio
    Go Green on the Patio
next

Sesleria autumnalis (Autumn moor grass)

Sesleria autumnalis Photo/Illustration: Saxon Holt


Be the first to rate this plant

Plant Showcase - from our advertisers


Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Sesleria autumnalis sess-LAIR-ee-ah ot-um-NAL-iss Common Name: Autumn moor grass 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.
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
Tolerance Deer Tolerant;Drought Tolerant;Frost Tolerant
Characteristics Self Seeds; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage; Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time Early Fall; Fall; Late Summer; Summer
Foliage Color Evergreen
Flower Color Brown Flower; White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Ground Covers, Dried Flower, Naturalizing
Style Cottage Garden, Meadow Garden, Formal Garden, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Winter Interest, Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Grasses

Plants you might also like

Schizachyrium scoparium Schizachyrium scoparium
(Little bluestem, Prairie beard grass)
(1 user review)
Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Little bluestem is a tidy, finely textured clumping grass with a blue-green summer color. Its silvery seed heads rise to a height of nearly 2 feet in late summer and are at their best when backlit in the morning or afternoon sun. In fall, the grass turns a rosy rust color that lasts all winter.

Sporobolus heterolepsis Sporobolus heterolepsis
(Prairie dropseed)
(1 user review)
Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

The finely textured, green leaves of this slow-growing, clump-forming perennial turn golden yellow in autumn. It bears cloudy panicles of fragrant, pale-pink to tawny flowers 5 to 10 inches long in late summer, reaching 3 feet tall.

Deschampsia cespitosa 'Northern Lights' Deschampsia cespitosa 'Northern Lights'
(Tufted hair grass, Tussock grass)
(2 user reviews)
Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

A tuft of thin grassy foliage with gray and gold variegation distinguishes this cultivar. Early summer brings 3-foot-tall, airy plumes of tiny flowers that look beautiful when backlit by the sun. As fall approaches, the foliage turns golden with pink-coral tips. This grass even grows well in shadier sites. Plant in a border, woodland garden, or shaded rock garden.

Pennisetum alopecuroides Pennisetum alopecuroides
(Fountain grass)
(1 user review)
Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

This species produces 2- to 5-foot-tall mounds of narrow green foliage and bottle brush-like silvery-pink to purple flowers, both of which mature to shades of brown. It is the parent of numerous cultivars with notable flowers that range from purple to gray/black. It and some of its cultivars self-sow plentifully in warm climates. It is marginally hardy in Zone 5.

Panicum virgatum 'Ruby Ribbons' Panicum virgatum 'Ruby Ribbons'
(Switch Grass)
Be the first to rate this plant
Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Panicum Ruby Ribbons’ soft blue-green foliage emerges in the spring on upright, clumping plants. The foliage takes on a wine-red color in early summer, which intensifies as the season progresses. Flower heads appear in late summer, followed by ornamental seed heads, which, if left uncut, provide long-lasting winter interest.