Sesleria albicans - Balkans Moor Grass

Most varieties of Sesleria are desirable garden plants. All but a few bloom in very early spring and S. albicans is one of them. Also, like the others, S. albicans is both vigorous and deep rooted. Hence they are all drought tolerant, but will flourish in moister conditions.

In very early spring, you will enjoy the multitude of light blue bauble-like flowers that bloom at the same time as daffodils.

Sesleria albicans is different than S. caerulea by having darker leaves and much lighter flowers. We are listing more and more Seslerias because they are great grasses and we like them all

Description: cool season; clump forming; semi-evergreen
Foliage is dark green; medium blade width; 25-30 cm (10-12") in height
Flowers bloom March to May; light blue; 30-40 cm (12-16") tall

Ideal conditions: full sun to light shade; good drainage; prefers alkaline soils but grows well in a wide range of soils. In hot dry climates provide some shade and more water to keep it looking its best.

Coldest zone: 4 (find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)

Partner with: early Narcissus, Antennaria plantaginifolia, Scrophularia macrantha, Deschampsia 'Pixie Fountain', Koeleria valesciaca 'Mountain Breeze'

Season of interest: year-round (semi-evergreen)

Plant and divide: mid spring and early fall

Native to: Europe

Drought tolerance rating: 2 (water to root depth once every 2 weeks); further info

Recommended spacing between plants: 25-40 cm (10-24") why such a difference?

Pronunciation: Sesleria (ses-LER-ee-ah) albicans


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Sesleria albicans
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