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Deschampsia cespitosa

Tufted hair grass

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Attractive seed-heads, Flowers



Skill level


Deschampsia cespitosa

Plant details

Deschampsia cespitosa is a spectacular fountain-shaped grass, bearing densly tufted evergreen foliage, from which tall sprays of silver-tinted purple flower-heads appear in summer. It's a fantastic choice for growing between shrubs and perennials in ornamental borders, and is a good option for a wildflower meadow. The seedheads persist well into winter and become bronze-brown with age – they work well in dried winter flower arrangements.

For best results, grow Deschampsia cespitosa in partial shade. Remove faded seedheads in late winter before new growth appears.

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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