Sesleria autumnalis

autumn moor grass

Outstanding Qualities

Bright, fresh yellow-green to green, narrow leaves form very attractive tufts which are followed by tawny flowers held on thin, but sturdy stalks in summer. This grass really comes into its own in autumn and winter after the flowers have morphed into beautiful silvery white inflorescences putting on a pleasing exhibition.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: gold, red, burgundy

Great Color Partners: blue, dark green, chartreuse

Culture Notes

This small grass grows best in full sun to light or open shade in well-drained soil. Once established it can be very drought tolerant. It can be divided in fall or spring to create more plants. This is a very easy perennial with almost no health issues. Cut back or rake out the old foliage in early spring to tidy the clumps.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: grass

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 1 ft. 9 in. (0.53 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 9 in. (0.53 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: brown

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to open shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerant once established, but occasional watering will keep it looking fresh