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Sesleria caerulea

blue moor-grass [2]

S. caerulea is a compact, tufted evergreen grass with bluntly pointed, linear leaves, blue-green on the upper side, dark glossy green beneath; small, egg-shaped purplish flower heads open in spring, soon fading to pale buff

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Brown Purple Blue Green
Summer Blue Green
Autumn Blue Green
Winter Blue Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing or East–facing

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

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil in full sun or dappled shade. See ornamental grasses cultivation for further advice

Propagation

Propagate by seed in containers in a cold frame in spring or autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Gravel garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Garden edging
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Remove dead foliage as necessary

Pests

Generally trouble free

Diseases

Generally trouble free

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