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Sesleria - Bluegrass

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If you buy bluegrass, you get a year-round effective ornamental grass, which displays nicely in a perennial bed in smaller or larger groups. The plant, which is also called annual meadow grass (genus Sesleria) or moor grass, usually forms beautiful clumps and is versatile.

This type of grass is ideal as a decorative cover in natural gardens, it is also often planted in beds in the foreground, as a border along a path or between higher shrubs, where it forms a closed ceiling in the lower floor. Cleverly distributed in the garden - individually or in small tuffs - it also looks great and ensures a harmonious overall impression. In addition, because of their low to medium height, these grasses are good for grave planting.

The small, usually spherical inflorescences of the bluegrass can have a very decorative effect. The green grass (Sesleria heufleriana), with its unusual, brown-black spikes of wheat, contrasts with red-leaved perennials. All types of Sesleria can also be effectively be grown in containers.

Hardy and Drought Tolerant

Bluegrasses are wintergreen or evergreen plants that love full-sun to half-shady locations. The different species are extremely robust. They get along well with dry soil, and even "wet feet" do not bother them too much. Thus, they thrive in steppe-like plantings, stone and heath gardens as well as at the edge of the pond. If you are looking for a versatile, easy-care ornamental grass, take a look at our Lubera range!

The Blue Moor Grass (Sesleria caerulea) is bicoloured because its foliage is blue-grey on one side and bright green on the other side. It forms attractive, upholstery-forming leafy horns with a height of up to 30 centimetres and is therefore also suitable as a groundcover. Unlike other representatives of Sesleria, it appreciates soils with good water supply, but also cope with dry locations.

The Balkan Moor Grass (Sesleria heufleriana) form arching overhanging clumps that grow to 40 centimetres high. It likes dry soil but thrives in fresh conditions. Already in early spring, the characteristic black-brown flower panicles push themselves into the air, which initially appears quite bright due to the yellowish stamens.

• The Autumn Grass (Sesleria autumnalis) is one of the best grasses for greening. It tolerates both dryness and root pressure and displays lush, fresh green leaves and silvery white, panicle-like flowers that appear only in August. The up to 50 centimetres tall plants develop a decorative effect when they are planted in several places in the garden.

• Nest Grass (Sesleria nitida) likes a sunny spot and a pervious, rather dry soil. In addition to its use in the garden, it can also be used for the greening of roof gardens, achieving a stature height of 60 centimetres. If the winter is not so cold, it keeps its fresh leaf colour.

   
 
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Worth Knowing About Bluegrasses

If you buy a bluegrass, it is active in the cool season and grows early in the year.

The genus Sesleria belongs to the family of sweet grasses (Poaceae). The name comes from the Venetian physician and botanist Leonardo Sesler, who worked in the 18th century. To the genus Sesleria there are about 25 species. Their flowers are roundish-egg-shaped to cylindrical ear spikes. Most species are native to Europe:

• Moor Grass comes from Eastern Europe and Western Russia,

• Nest Grass from the mountains of Italy and Sicily,

• Autumn Grass can be found around the Adriatic regions,

• And the moor grass (also called Sesleria uliginosa to distinguish it from the Kalk type) is widespread in northern, eastern and south-eastern Europe, where it likes to cover wet to wet meadows and lowland moors; from the hill country to the mountain level thrives.

Location and Soil

This type of grass thrives best in full sun, but also copes with light penumbra.

The ideal soil for this grass is calcareous, nutritious, fresh to moist and well-drained. however, it generally has a large location amplitude, with its preference being more in the wet area. The autumn type, on the other hand, prefers dry, well-drained soil. The nest grass does not tolerate waterlogging or too moist soil.

Planting and Care

The best planting time is generally in spring. If a Sesleria has established itself at the location, no special care is necessary. A very acidic soil should be optimised by liming before planting.

Cut and Multiply

Cutting should take place only in the spring. Regardless of whether the grass remains green in (mild) winter or its leaves and stalks die above ground, the leaves protect the plant from frost. Since these are early-field grasses, you should do this in February or early March. Since these grasses often form dense, evergreen clumps, they are best only "out-raked" or "spiked" instead of a radical, ground-based cut. The dead leaves and the old stalks should be removed - so also new growth is stimulated.

You can multiply it in the spring by division. The parts of the plant spiked with the spade are replanted elsewhere in the garden. The division also keeps the grasses vital and ensures a healthy look.

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