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Sesleria 'Greenlee' - John Greenlee's Moor Grass
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: Garden Origin
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Purple
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Parentage: (S. autumnalis x S. caerulea)
Height: 1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Sesleria 'Greenlee' (Greenlee Moor Grass) - An evergreen clumping blue-green grass that grows to 1 foot tall and as wide with pale purple-tinged flowers spring and summer. Tolerates a wide range of conditions - wet to dry, sun to shade. Hardy to at least 0 F and likely lower as both parents are rated to USDA Zones 4. This plant was a spontaneous seedling and is presumed to be a hybrid between Sesleria caerulea and Sesleria autumnalis. It is intermediary between these species with blue-green leaves similar to those of Sesleria caerulea but is a taller plant with longer leaves. The flowers, which rise well above the foliage, are more like those of Sesleria autumnalis with a more elongated spike but these spikes are thicker and have a rose-purple hue. We received this new grass from John Greenlee in 2006. John had discovered it growing in his Pomona California nursery as an apparent adventitious hybrid. This is a very attractive meadow type grass that can be used in mass or for accent plantings. It has fast become one of our customers' favorite grasses and for good reason.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Sesleria 'Greenlee'.
 
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