Tufted Hair Grass (Deschampsia cespitosa)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 2 to 4 feet
Plant Spread: 2 to 3 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Brown
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Dynamic Accumulator: Mg (Magnesium)
Fe (Iron)
Zn (Zinc)
Cu (Copper)
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 11, 2018 5:19 PM

Tufted Hair-grass is a rhizomatous bunchgrass with a mounding habit. It has narrow, fine-textured foliage that is usually evergreen. It produces airy panicles of florets with hair-like awns. The florets begin green-purple and then become buff in color. This is a cool season grass. It grows in moist or wet soils. It adapts to a wide range of soils. It should be cut down in late winter to allow better growth of the early spring foliage. It is sold by a good number of native plant nurseries.

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Mislabeled? Tufted hairgrass by Bonehead Sep 28, 2018 4:57 PM 4
Not tufted hairgrass? by Bonehead Jul 1, 2018 7:57 PM 1
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