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Deschampsia cespitosa (L.) Beauv.
Tufted hairgrass, Tufted hair grass
Synonyms: Deschampsia mackenzieana, Deschampsia cespitosa ssp. glauca, Deschampia caespitosa
USDA Symbol: dece
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun
AK , 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 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:
PropagationDescription: Propagate by seed or division.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No pretreatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
Mr. Smarty Plants says
When to plant grasses on Long Island, NY
December 06, 2009
Dear Mr. Smarty Plants;
Are there any grass seeds that I can plant NOW, early December, on Long Island, NY? The planting environment is on and near a sandy bluff on a bayshore, where it can be windy ...
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Record Modified: 2012-10-03
Research By: TWC Staff