Sesleria albicans - Balkans
Most varieties of Sesleria are desirable garden plants.
All but a few bloom in very early spring and S. albicans
is one of them. Also, like the others, S. albicans is both
vigorous and deep rooted. Hence they are all drought tolerant,
but will flourish in moister conditions.
In very early spring, you will enjoy the multitude of light
blue bauble-like flowers that bloom at the same time as
Sesleria albicans is different than S. caerulea by having
darker leaves and much lighter flowers. We are listing more
and more Seslerias because they are great grasses and we
like them all
Description: cool season; clump forming;
Foliage is dark green; medium blade width; 25-30 cm (10-12")
Flowers bloom March to May; light blue; 30-40 cm (12-16")
Ideal conditions: full sun to light shade;
good drainage; prefers alkaline soils but grows well in
a wide range of soils. In hot dry climates provide some
shade and more water to keep it looking its best.
Coldest zone: 4 (find your zone; further
info on plant hardiness)
Partner with: early Narcissus, Antennaria
'Pixie Fountain', Koeleria
valesciaca 'Mountain Breeze'
Season of interest: year-round (semi-evergreen)
Plant and divide: mid spring and early
Native to: Europe
Drought tolerance rating: 2 (water to root depth once
every 2 weeks); further info
Recommended spacing between plants: 25-40
cm (10-24") why such a difference?
Pronunciation: Sesleria (ses-LER-ee-ah)
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