Deschampsia cespitosa

Deschampsia cespitosa

Tufted hair grass

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Deschampsia cespitosa
  • Common name: Tufted hair grass
  • Plant type: Perennial
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen

Height: 75cm

Spread: 75cm

Flower colour:
  • Purple
Foliage colour:
  • BlueGreen
  • Features: Attractive seed-heads, Flowers

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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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front, Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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