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Sesleria

Moor Grass
Poaceae (Gramineae)
Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants

Tufted evergreen to semievergreen perennial grasses from the hills and mountains of southeastern Europe. Tough, long-lived, low-maintenance plants that can take considerable drought once established. Use as fillers among other ornamentals or mass as groundcovers among trees and shrubs, and in meadow plantings.

Sesleria autumnalis (photo courtesy of Andrea Jones/Garden Exposures Photo Library)
Sesleria autumnalis (photo courtesy of Andrea Jones/Garden Exposures Photo Library)

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Sesleria autumnalis

Spiky clumps of narrow, lime green leaves grow 8–18 in. tall and wide. Attractive light tan flowers are held in elongated spikes 6–8 in. above the foliage in late summer and fall.

Sesleria caerulea
Sesleria caerulea

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Sesleria caerulea

Grows to 6–8 in. tall and wide. Narrow leaves are powder blue on top, dark green beneath; their slightly twisted shape makes both colors visible. Short spike-like flowers held above the leaves in late spring emerge purplish black and lighten as they age; pretty but not showy. Best near the coast. Plant in partial shade inland.

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