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Deschampsia cespitosa

Tussock grass

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Purple

Feature

Attractive seed-heads, Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Jo Whitworth, copyright GAP Photos (41979)

Plant details

This is a spectacular fountain-shaped grass, with tall sprays of silver-tinted purple flower-heads erupting from evergreen foliage. The seed-heads persist well into winter and turn bronze-brown with age. They are good for cutting to dry for winter flower arrangements, but also look attractive in the garden when rimed with frost. Since it thrives in light shade, this is a good grass to grow 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

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Blue-green

Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Time to plant seeds: September to May

Time to divide plants: April to June


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