Tufted Hairgrass - 25 Plants $89.99

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Tufted Hairgrass - 25 Plants $89.99 Description

Tufted Hairgrass

Tufted Hairgrass (Deschampsia cespitos ) belongs to the Poaceae family. It is common in different parts of the world, including North America, and abundant in meadows and mountains. Other names for this plant are:

  • Tussock grass.
  • Fescue-leaved hair grass.
  • Blue-green hair grass.
  • Salt and peppergrass.

This plant is a densely tufted bunchgrass that grows up to a height of 1 to 4 feet and 1 to 2 feet spread on maturity. Similar species include Sedges, Redtop, Willows, Timothy, etc.

Tufted Hairgrass blooms in early spring, between June and September, with gorgeous flowers in cream or green color

The tufted Hairgrass plant is an ornamental perennial with flowers rising 2 to 3 feet high. It is usually planted along shorelines, streambanks, and disturbed areas as stabilizing grass. It is found in different regions ranging from low-lying areas to 40,000 ft. It grows the best in loamy or sandy soil or clay with medium moisture. It is said to tolerate alkaline soil and soil saturation for a significant period besides having tolerance to salt. This plant can also survive in wet and flooded areas like tidal mudflats. The plant has beautiful flowers on its erect stems during the blossom season. It blooms in early spring, between June and September, with gorgeous flowers in cream or green color.

The flower is indistinctively shaped with panicle-type clusters. The plant is pyramidal or oblong, with drooping branches compactly placed ascending to each other.

Two flowers are present on each spikelet, and the spikelets become pale tan over a period as they dry. The mature flowers fall away and leave glumes on the stalk. The leaves of this plant are rough-textured and hairless, with multiple leaves rising from the base. They form clumps of vegetative and flowering shoots. They are basal with narrow blades. The foliage is dense and abundant, with 5 to 8 inches long leaves. The leaves are flat or rolled at the end with noticeably swollen collars.

Hairgrass reproduces through seeds. The fruits occur after the flowering season. They are seed-like with plumes that mature in August. The grass grows green and eventually turns to a gorgeous golden later. 

The plant does not require total sun exposure and grows well in partial sunlight. However, partial shade is also tolerated. It grows adequately in hardy zones between 4 and 8. You can cut the flowers in late fall if you wish. It is advised to let the flowers bloom in winter, enjoy their contribution to the garden aesthetics, and cut the hair grass in late fall. Cut the plant to 3" above the soil and wait for the new shoots to emerge in spring.

It is a perfect shade of garden grass and looks great when planted with ferns. The plant is widely used to restore mining sites besides mountain mead habitats and alpine and subalpine areas. It is often utilized as turf and a general cover. It is a food plant for butterflies and around 40 species across North America. The plant is resistant to fire and is not harmed by intense fires.

Tufted Hairgrass is for sale online at TN Nursery at low prices


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    Tufted Hairgrass

    Posted by Martha Powell on Jan 23, 2022

    I never regretted having this planted in my barren space in the farm.. That space is just a haven of butterflies and birds.


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