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Sesleria autumnalis (autumn moor grass)
Sesleria autumnalis - autumn moor grass from North Creek Nurseries

Sesleria autumnalis

autumn moor grass

What do you say about a grass that looks this good year round and looks just as good in Minneapolis as it does in San Diego? Its rich yellow green foliage is versatile whether in small groups or large swaths. Rich soft, yellow green foliage grows 8-12" high and as wide and can get even larger in rich soils and pushed with water and fertilizer. Neat mounds of foliage are topped by slender white flowers in the spring. These flowers mature into golden tan seed heads that are noticeable but never messy on the plant. The foliage is evergreen in all but the coldest of climates or in alpine settings. -GREENLEE & ASSOC

One of the best groundcover grasses out there - with its cool green, fine foliage and light wheat colored seed wands dancing gracefully above, this Eurasian grass adapts to most sites and is very durable and tough. A great cool-season grass to plant in large swathes, it doesn't self-sow and become invasive.

SIZE
Sesleria autumnalis LP32 - 32 per flat Availability
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Height

12-24 in

Spread

12-24 in

Spacing

18-24 in

Bloom Color

Green

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

autumn moor grass Interesting Notes

This grass is a favorite of noted landscape designer, Piet Oudulf, and is regularly praised in Gardens Illustrated. 


Note: this cool-season grass is intolerant of high heat (desert) or high humidity such as the southeast US. 

Sesleria autumnalis Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerates a wide range of soils and drought. Cut clumps back to the ground in late winter. -Missouri Botanic Garden

Good Substitutions

tufted hairgrass Deschampsia cespitosa
Cherokee sedge Carex cherokeensis
sideoats grama Bouteloua curtipendula

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Moist
Moist
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Salt Tolerance
Salt Tolerance
Evergreen
Evergreen
Groundcover
Groundcover
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Early Spring
Early Spring

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Average
Green Infrastructure
Green Roof
Lawn Alternative
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Attributes
Ornamental Foliage
Propagation Type
Vegetative
Grass Type
Cool Season