Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau'
tufted hair grass (syn. Golden Dew)
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: dry to moist, neutral to acid soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
- Flowering period: June to August
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A mound-forming, evergreen grass that’s particularly versatile, as it thrives in both sun and light shade and the flowers persist well into autumn. Silvery, reddish-brown flower spikes appear from early to late summer above dense mounds of slender, arching, mid-green leaves. The feathery inflorescences of this elegant, ornamental grass mature to a soft golden yellow and shimmer like a golden cloud as it catches the light. Compact and easy-to-grow, it looks gorgeous spot-planted among perennials, in groups towards the front of a border, or in a rock garden
- Garden care:
- Garden care: Remove the faded flower-heads in late winter before new growth appears. If the foliage has also started to look tatty at that time of the year, then this too can be cut back hard. In warm areas the plant has a tendency to self-seed freely. Where this is the case remove unwanted seedlings as part of routine border maintenance.
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Q:I planted my Descampsia last Autumn (9 months ago) in a fairly sunny spot, but it has just sat there and not put on any new growth. Any ideas? many thanksAsked on 24/6/2014 by Docmon from Reading
If the plant looks healthy then I would not be too concerned as sometimes the plant will focus its energies into producing roots rather than top growth. This can be frustrating, but in the long term it is no bad thing. Just keep on feeding and watering it and eventually you will see some growth on top.Answered on 26/6/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:Can I give my Descampshia and Stipa grasses a hair-cut?!
Hello I recently bought Deschampsia cespitosa and Stipa tenuissima from yourselves. Can you tell me if it's right to give the grasses their hair-cut now? Many thanksAsked on 28/8/2009 by pauline webster
A:Hello There, Grasses are usually cut back in the autumn to neaten them up, however they can be left until spring if you prefer to keep their winter silhouettes. It won't affect their growth at all though as they are coming into their dormant period now, so will put on loads of new growth in spring. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 1/9/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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