Deschampsia cespitosa

Tufted Hair Grass, Deschampsia cespitosa  this highly ornamental grass has fine hair-like flowers rising 2–3 feet above neatly rounded, dense tussocks. It is one of the few ornamental grasses that grow well in moderately shady locations. The grass emerges green and turns gold in the fall.  An excellent choice for adding height and structure to your garden, this “architectural” grass is a winner for beds and borders where it easily combines with other plants. Tufted hairgrass is a larval food plant for several butterflies in North America and is host for at least 40 species of Lepidopteran insects (butterflies) worldwide.

Also, perfect for restoring moist to seasonally wet prairies and stabilizing disturbed sites, streambanks, canals, shorelines, and upper tidal marshes. Other applications include acid and heavy metal mine spoil reclamation, alpine and boreal re-vegetation work, and bio-filtration swales aided by its deep and dense root systems.


SPECS: Native Name: Algonquin; Genus: Deschampsia ; Species: Cespitosa; Plant Type: Grass; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade; Soil Moisture: Medium Wet, Well Drained; Height: 2′ — 3′; Spread: 2′; Plant Spacing: 1′ — 2′; Bloom Time: June — September; Bloom Color: Gold, Green; Advantages: Erosion control, Grassland restoration, Low maintenance, Pollinators, Showy; USDA Zone: 4 — 9; Attracts: Songbirds; Tolerant: Deer, Drought, Rabbits, Salt; Plant Community: Tufted hairgrass adds texture to shade gardens. One of the few grasses that grows well in part shade, Tufted hairgrass grows well alongside hosta, fern, astible, Solomon's seal, deadnettle, and among other shade-loving perennials.;