Deschampsia cespitosa, Tufted Hair Grass, Pacific Northwest Native Plants, Oregon Native Grass, Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Portland
Deschampsia cespitosa, Tufted Hair Grass, Pacific Northwest Native Plants, Oregon Native Grass, Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Portland

Tufted Hairgrass

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Deschampsia cespitosa

  • Size at maturity: 2-3' tall, 1-2' wide
  • Canopy layer: groundcover
  • Light requirements: full sun
  • Moisture requirements: moist to wet soil
  • Growth rate: medium
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Tufted Hairgrass is found around the world including the eastern and western coasts of North America, parts of South America, and Eurasia. It is a native, perennial, tussock forming grass found along stream banks and in moist meadows, fields, wet ditches and open areas surrounding lakes and ponds. Tufted hairgrass is a large densely tufted, course, long lived, perennial bunch grass. It has bright green foliage and a large volume of fountain-like seed culms emerging in early spring, making it highly aesthetic. Tufted hairgrass prefer open sites. This grass is rarely, if ever an under story species of temperate forest communities (Brown et al. 1988). (EMSWCD, 2019)

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Photo Credit 2: "Deschampsia cespitosa" by Matt Lavin is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0