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Sesleria autumnalis
  • RHS AGM

autumn moor-grass

S. autumnalis is a perennial grass to 60cm, forming a neat clump of rough, linear leaves, with a narrow, lax, silvery-white panicle to 10cm in length in late summer

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Grey Silver White Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

North–facing or South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Poaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Tufted
Genus

Sesleria are clump-forming evergreen grasses with linear leaves and dense short flowering spikes in late spring or summer

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Italy to Balkan Peninsula

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Intolerant of acid soil. See ornamental grasses cultivation for further advice

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in pots in a cold frame in spring or autumn or by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Remove dead foliage and old flowered stems in spring

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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