Tufted hair grass

Deschampsia cespitosa

Tufted hair grass - Deschampsia cespitosa

Common Name: Tufted hair grass
Genus: Deschampsia
Species: cespitosa

Category: Grasses & Bamboos
Growth Rate: Average

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.00 m (100 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to August

Soil Type: Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained



The neat densly tufted evergreen foliage makes this a perfect grass for the wildflower meadow. The dainty silver-tinted purple spikelets appear like clouds in summer and are a real feature well into the autumn. These are easy and reliable plants that will tolerate some shade.

  • Garden care: Remove the faded flower-heads in late winter before new growth appears. In warm areas the plant has a tendency to self-seed freely. Where this is the case remove unwanted seedlings as part of routine border maintenance

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Tufted hair grass   - Deschampsia cespitosa  'Goldtau' (syn. Golden Dew)

Tufted hair grass
Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau' (syn. Golden Dew)