Sesleria caerulea - Blue
A wide range of conditions will suit Blue Moor grass and like S.
heufleriana it is best to supply ample moisture in hot dry areas.
Very good for mass planting and as a large scale groundcover. Does
not take the amount of traffic that a lawn grasses can stand, but with
very little traffic it makes a good lawn substitute. Also good for edging
and between stepping stones.
Looks nice with early spring bulbs. Blue Moor grass also makes a great
groundcover or can be used as a filler plant in borders.
The Latin word caerulea means sky blue or true blue.
Description: cool season; clump forming
Foliage is blue on the surface; dark green on the underside; medium
blade width; 20-25 cm 80-10") in height
Flowers bloom in early spring; very dark purple; 35-40 cm (14-16") tall
Ideal conditions: full sun to part shade; moist fertile
soil; alkaline and drought tolerant; part shade to shade in hot dry
Coldest zone: 4 (find your zone; further
info on plant hardiness)
Partner with: early Narcissus, Crocus, Spodiopogon
Season of interest: year-round (semi-evergreen)
Native to: calcium-rich soils in woods and meadows
of northern and eastern Europe and the UK
Drought tolerance rating: 2 (water to root depth once
every 2 weeks); further info
Recommended spacing between plants: 25-40 cm (10-24")
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Pronunciation: Sesleria (ses-LER-ee-ah) caerulea
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