Deschampsia cespitosa (L.) Beauv.
Tufted hairgrass, Tufted hair grass
Poaceae (Grass Family)
The basal foliage clump of this cool-season, perennial
grass is mostly evergreen
with very fine-textured flower stalks rising 2-3 ft. The loose, open panicle
is purplish-green to tawny at first but bleaches and remains effective in the landscape until late fall. Flowers have hair-like awns, thus the common name.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun
AK , AZ , CA , CO , CT , ID , IL , IN , KY , ME , MD , MA , MI , MN , MT , NV , NH , NJ , NM , NY , NC , ND , OH , OR , PA , RI , SD , UT , VT , VA , WA , WV , WI , WY Canada: BC
, SK Native Distribution:
Transcontinental Canada, s. to NC, WV, Great Lakes, ND, mts. of NM, AZ & CA Native Habitat:
Moist, high elevation sites; sandy or rocky shores; bogs & fens
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Moist to wet (rarely on drier) soils.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Dominant grass in mountain meadows, where it furnishes excellent forage.
Use Food: Seeds of Deschampsia species eaten by indigenous Californians.
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for: