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Products > Sesleria 'Campo Azul'
 
Sesleria 'Campo Azul' - Campo Azul Moor Grass
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: Italy (Europe)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [S. autumnalis/ S. nitida 'Campo Azul']
Height: 1-3 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Sesleria 'Campo Azul' (Blue Moor Grass) - A very attractive evergreen cool season grass that forms upright gray green pale clumps 18 to 24 inches tall by as wide with 1/4 inch wide gray-green leaf blades that are upright in the middle of the clump and arch over gracefully with age. From mid-spring into summer appear the tight narrow gray-green flower spikes with white anthers that rise up to nearly 3 feet tall. Based on its presumed parentage and the few years of observation in gardens, this grass seems tolerant of a wide range of conditions - moist to fairly dry conditions, sun to light shade with some protection in hotter inland locations and should also prove frost hardy down to around 0 F and useful in gardens from USDA zones 5 and above. This beautiful new meadow grass was introduced in 2018 by Native Sons Nursery in Arroyo Grande, California. It had been discovered by Native Sons Nursery owner David Fross in a flat of grasses grown from Sesleria autumnalis seed purchased form Jelitto Seed. Fross noted that the seedling crop was variable with a few that had silver-gray foliage that are thought perhaps to be hybrids between Sesleria autumnalis and Sesleria nitida. The nicest plant was selected out and named 'Campo Azul' for the location of Native Sons Nursery on El Campo Road with the Spanish word "azul", meaning "blue" in reference to the color of the foliage. The name for the genus honors the 18th century Italian physician and botanist, Leonardo Selser. There have been several instances where spontaneous seedling hybrids have occurred between Sesleria autumnalis and other species, including a hybrid between it and Sesleria caerulea found in John Greenlee's Pomona California nursery that is called Sesleria 'Greenlee' The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in the nursery, in the nursery's garden, and in other gardens where it has been observed. We also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing  Sesleria 'Campo Azul'.
 
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