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Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau'

Tussock grass

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Attractive seed-heads, Flowers



Skill level


photo by Jerry Harpur, copyright GAP Photos (43146)

Plant details

Sometimes known as 'Golden Dew', this spectacular fountain-shaped grass produces a tall spray of blonde flower-heads that erupt from a compact tuft of evergreen foliage at the base of the plant. The seed-heads persist well into winter turning bronze-brown . The dried flower stalks are a valuable addition to winter flower arrangements, but also look very attractive in the garden, especially when caught by hoar frost. It prefers light shade, so is useful for growing in borders between shrubs and perennials, and also looks good teamed with foliage plants such as hostas and hardy ferns.

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Deschampsia

Species: cespitosa

Cultivar: Goldtau

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Golden

Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 75cm

Spread: 75cm

Time to divide plants: April to June

Flowering period: June to August

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