Deschampsia cespitosa

(Tufted Hair Grass)

By February 12, 2024
Broad view of the foliage and feather-like gold flowers of a Deschampsia cespitosa, tufted hair grass.

About Deschampsia cespitosa (Tufted Hair Grass)

As an ornamental grass, Deschampsia cespitosa features interesting grass-like foliage. One of the few ornamental grasses that grows well in partial shade, this variety is also popular for its look. Reaching an average mature landscape size of 2-3′ tall by 1-2′ wide, its tufted foliage blades grow with 1/5″. During its blooming season from July to September, its flower stems shoot out above the foliage with ends closely resembling delicate feather plumes. The flowers have been found in subtle shades of golds, purples, greens and silvers.

Care And Planting Instructions

Plant Tufted Hair Grass using well draining soil in an area that receives full sun to partial shade exposure. Water regularly after planting to help it establish well, then reduce frequency so that soil remains moist but not soggy. Cut back spent blooms for a cleaned up appearance and cut back flower stems to the soil after its blooming period has ended.

Landscape Design Ideas

Deschampsia cespitosa is an excellent choice when planting in multiples. A shady corner or under the shade canopy of a nearby tree. For those seeking a fall and winter interest variety, this tufted grass is an obvious choice. Under the right conditions its can flower into the colder months of the year.

Looking for an alternative ornamental grass? Learn about Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Northern Lights’.

Botanical Name: Deschampsia cespitosa

Common Name: Tufted Hair Grass

Average Landscape Size: 2-3' x 1-2'

Plant Type: Evergreen

Bloom Color: Golds, purples, greens and silvers

Foliage Color: Green

Forms: Shrub

Sizes: 1 gallon

Special Features: Good For Mass Plantings, Shade Tolerant, Showy Spring Flowers,