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Deschampsia cespitosa

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Plant types and subtypes: Grasses, Prairie Grasses, Ornamental Grasses

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, neutral, average, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 3'-4'

Bloom Time: June, July, August

Bloom Color: yellow

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Additional Tags: attracts birds, clumping, fall interest, mounding, ornamental foliage, pond margin plant, stream margin plant

Deschampsia cespitosa (tufted hairgrass)
  • Deschampsia cespitosa (tufted hairgrass)
  • Deschampsia cespitosa (tufted hairgrass)
  • Deschampsia cespitosa (tufted hairgrass)
  • Deschampsia cespitosa (tufted hairgrass)

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Description

Deschampsia cespitosa

Also known as:

tufted hairgrass

,

tussok grass

Scientific Synonyms:

Aira caespitosa, Deschampsia bottnica, Deschampsia caespitosa, Deschampsia glauca, Deschampsia mackenzieana, Deschampsia obensis, Deschampsia paramushirensis, Deschampsia pumila, Deschampsia sukatschewii

Description

Deschampsia cespitosa is medium height, ornamental clumping grass that can grow 4'. It forms neat, well rounded mounds of arching green stems. Plume-like seedheads will rise a couple of feet above the foliage.

Cultivation

Deschampia cespitosa is a riparian species, and does best in moist environments: along water margins, in damp prairies, or in moist open woods. Dry, hot conditions will considerably shorten its growing season. This not a drought tolerant grass. It is slow growing, long lived, and non-aggressive. Foliage dies in fall, but persists throughout winter, providing good visual interest. Old foliage should be cut back hard in early spring before the emergence of new growth. Flowers June to August. As hardy as a grass can be; zones 2-6

Propagation

Propagate from seed, or by clump division.

Additional Notes

Deschampsia cespitosa can be found in most of North America, parts of South America, and Eurasia.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AZ, CA, CO, CT, ID, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MT, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SD, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: MD
  • Rare: IN
  • Special Concern: CT

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Cyperales
Family Poaceae Grass family
Genus Deschampsia hairgrass
Species Deschampsia cespitosa tufted hairgrass