Deschampsia cespitosa Tufted Hairgrass
A cool-season bunch grass. Its round, fluffy shape and color variety gives it some value as an ornamental plant. Many varieties are spread across the North American continent, from Alaska to northern Mexico. It is a good feeding grass for livestock and wildlife, and is occasionally cut for hay. Tufted hairgrass is useful for restoring moist to seasonally wet sites and stabilizing disturbed soils.
Growing in tense clumps from 2' to 5'. Hollow and smooth stems. Panicle inflorescences with spikelets. Usually light green, blue-green or golden brown in color.
Medium to Moist
Well-drained, organically rich
Intermediate, Full Sun to Partial Shade
Tufted hairgrass is found in the northeastern, northcentral, and western united states, extending north through Canada into Alaska and Greenland, and south from New Mexico and Arizona into northern Mexico.
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