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Products > Sesleria 'Greenlee Hybrid'
Sesleria 'Greenlee Hybrid' - John Greenlee's Moor Grass
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: Garden Origin
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Purple
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [Sesleria 'Greenlee']
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 Hybrid' (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 proven hardy in Minnesota to USDA at 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. For many years we grew this plant under the name Sesleria 'Greenlee' but industry wide it is now being called Sesleria 'Greenlee Hybrid' and we too have more recently adopted this name. It has been planted throughout the US and has also made it into cultivation in Europe.  This information is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of it in our nursery of crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we have visited. We will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Sesleria 'Greenlee Hybrid'.