Autumn Moor Grass (Sesleria autumnalis)

Autumn Moor Grass

  • Eye-Catching Chartreuse Green Foliage
  • Silvery Panicles Held on Dark Flower Spikes in Late Summer and Fall
  • Clump-Forming…Not Invasive
  • Notably Upright Growth Habit
  • Fun in Containers
  • Effective Groundcover for Rough Spots
  • Can Be Grown in Full Sun or Part Shade
  • Tolerates Alkaline Soil
  • Rarely Damaged by Deer

Add a bold shot of color to your low-maintenance landscape. People will really take notice of these showy, cool season grasses.

Put the fine-textured blades of Autumn Moor Grass (Sesleria autumnalis) to work delighting your guests all season long. They command attention with their vibrant hue and upright, mounded growth habit.

The narrow blades move and sway in the breeze. These erect mounds aren’t stiff little soldiers…rather, they bring a sense of energy to your landscape design.

Autumn Moor Grass features a vivid yellow-green hue that really jumps out at you. The foliage makes a fantastic contrast to dark shrubs like Barberry, Crape Myrtle or Elderberry.

Moor Grasses are durable, rugged plants that grow to the mature spread listed on the Plant Highlights…and no further. You won’t have to worry that these clump-forming plants will spread or outgrow their space.

Throw a lot at them. They’ll handle light shade, periodic dryness and alkaline soil without missing a beat.

And yes…you’ll get to enjoy the lively silvery-white flower panicles in fall. They are held above the foliage on dark purple stems and really pump up the visual interest into winter.

Take advantage of the handsome Autumn Moor Grass throughout your yard. Because they can be grown in varied sun conditions, they make an impactful plant to repeat as a consistent design element.

Best of all? This hard-working grass gives you your weekends back.

No wonder garden designers across the country work them into their professional garden plans. Get this look…place your order for Autumn Moor Grass today!

How to Use Autumn Moor Grass in the Landscape

Vibrant Autumn Moor Grass is extraordinarily versatile. It works just as well in spare, single species plantings as it does in a mixed bed.

Let your imagination soar. Could you build a long raised seating area surrounding your patio and integrate a raised planter behind the bench?

Entertain your family, friends and even clients with a mass planting of Autumn Moor Grass running along the entire length. This plant is a high performance choice you can be proud of.

Space them 15 to 30 inches apart, depending on the look you are after. Plant closer for a tight, solid filler; or further apart so each plant is seen as an individual.

Survey your kingdom for opportunities to utilize their bright, gracile blades. They’ll be an excellent container plant on your balcony or deck in tall, narrow containers.

Plant one as a specimen to brush against the base of a boulder. You’ll appreciate their good looks, no matter if you have an extensive rock garden, or are just getting starting.

This is a phenomenal grass to use as a large-scale ground cover. The lime green color makes an incredible underplanting for a Canada Red Chokecherry tree.

It’s also an ideal plant to create a polished finish to shrub borders. Add a long series of them along the edge of your planting for a tidy, satisfying experience.

Tips for Care

They need at least four hours of sunlight a day to perform at their best. However, these carefree perennial grasses tolerate a wide range of conditions in either full sun or part shade.

Like most Ornamental Grasses, Autumn Moor can’t tolerate standing water. Ensure it is planted in well-drained soil that drains quickly after a rain event; or add additional soil to improve drainage.

Water your newly installed plants carefully the first year. They become more drought tolerant once their roots are established; but we recommend consistent water to protect your investment.

In warmer regions, Autumn Moor Grass remains evergreen year-round. Each year, remove all of the old flower heads and cut the old foliage down to the ground in late winter for a fresh start.

Autumn Moor Grass (Sesleria autumnalis) Details

Common name Autumn Moor Grass
Botanical name Sesleria autumnalis
Plant type Perennial
Hardiness zone 5-8
Growth rate Medium
Height 8 - 18 inches
Width 18 inches
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly No
Pruning time Early Spring
Flower color Silver White Panicles