Deschampsia cespitosa

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Buy Deschampsia cespitosa tufted hair grass: Good in sun or shade

  • 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

    Forming evergreen tussocks of stiff, mid-green leaves, which are topped by open, arching sprays of silvery-purple spikelets throughout the summer. This marvellous grass will flourish in sun or light shade in reliably moist soils, although it will become tolerant of drought once it has had a chance to become established. Often top of the designers wishlists, they are easy to grow and flowerheads can be cut and added to dried arrngements.

  • 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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No I won't buy it again


Grows through other plants and takes over. Best kept as a clump with other Descampias.


near Brighton


Very pretty plant


arrived in excellent condition - easy to grow and looks good




Deschampsia cespitosa

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Is this ornamental grass invasive and need to be root confined?


In time, these will form a sizeable clump, however as they self-seed freely, they can become invasive unless the unwanted seedlings are removed.


some of my deschampsia has flowered whereas some hasn't and has gone brown at the tips of the leafy foliage. Are they in the wrong place? I did move them about a month ago from another position.


Hello, As plant growth is largely determined by soil type, aspect, available water and nutrients etc, it is possible that some of your plants are in a better spot than others. Also, as some have only recently been moved, this too could have affected their growth.


when is the best time to plant grasses in a border


Hello there Most fully hardy grasses can been planted in the autumn or spring when the ground isn't frozen as long as it is well drained. Deschampsias are best planted in the autumn. Hope this helps

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 thanks

pauline webster

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 Doctor

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Indulge a passion for ornamental grasses by creating a prairie- or meadow-style garden. They can be richly planted with native wildflowers or a selection of complementary perennials and self-seeding annuals to create a naturalistic planting effect.

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