This genus of reliable cool-season grasses pays homage to Leonardo Sesler, an 18th century Venetian botanist and physician who studied European flora. Sesleria’s long-lived carefree clump makes a superlative ground cover for intimate gardens or larger scale plantings.
Always tidy, sadly underused and simple to maintain, the tufted silvery-blue mound of this dapper European denizen spawns a taller habit, broader blades and larger blooms than those of Sesleria caerulea. Copious early-flowering ebony-colored inflorescences with creamy-yellow pollen sacs are perched on slender upright stems, which eventually slacken and bend sideways above glaucous grayish green semievergreen leaves, donning crisp dark green undersides. Appreciative of adequate moisture plus a light trimming to refresh its pert visage, Sesleria heufleriana withstands dry conditions once established, makes an attractive cohort for spring bulbs and looks striking when planted en masse, either beside a path or in a border.
Size: 2' 0" high x 18" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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