Deschampsia cespitosa Tufted Hair Grass

As its name suggests, Tufted Hair Grass grows in a tufted mound of narrow foliage. Deschampsia cespitosa is a cool season native grass that is semi-evergreen where winters are mild. It sends up long stalks in early summer that are topped by a multitude of airy, light-green inflorescences (flowers are more abundant in Northern gardens). Although blooms are most profuse in sun, Deschampsia cespitosa will also grow in part shade. Large groupings of plants can be used as a ground cover. It is native to both North America and Eurasia where Deschampsia cespitosa can be found in moist areas such as bogs and woodlands.

  • Native to North America
  • Shady Areas
  • Rain Gardens / Bioretention Areas
  • Lawn Alternatives
  • Evergreen
  • Growth rate: medium-fast
  • Can be grown in 1, 2 or 3 gallon
  • Grow in well-drained soil
  • Watering: keep evenly moist; likes a lot of water once established
  • Fertilizing: slow-release fertilizer, medium rate
  • Possible pests: aphids, spittlebugs, rust
  • Overwintering: cold frame with clear poly, do not overwater
  • Responds well to cutting back; grows back quickly
  • Note: please adapt these suggestions as needed to accommodate your local conditions.
  • Uncluttered, neat tufted habit
  • Dark green foliage provides good backdrop for contrasting-colored plants
  • Billowy masses of inflorescences sway in the wind providing movement and interest
  • Blooms last into the winter months adding interest to the landscape
  • Well-suited for Northern gardens