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Deschampsia - Tufted hair grass

Buying Hair Grass

When you buy Deschampsia cespitosa, you will enrich your garden with a graceful, evergreen ornamental grass that forms dense, hemispherical clumps and inspires with its transparent flower veils.

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Deschampsia cespitosa

Tufted hair grass

From £4.40 *

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Tufted hair grass 'Bronzeschleier'

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Deschampsia cespitosa 'Palava'

Tufted hair grass 'Palava'

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More useful information about Deschampsia - Tufted hair grass

...Tufted hair grass (also known as tussock grass) often ranks at the top of the wish list of garden designers - and for good reason. This winter hardy grass shows its qualities both in the sun and in the shade and even in the cold season when the leaves are covered in frost, it is very decorative. Its funnel-shaped, airy-light inflorescences appear almost floating above the lush green foliage and look particularly striking against a dark background. The golden brown panicles are also used in floristry, as they are pretty in summer bouquets and impressive in autumn containers.

Dense Leafy Crowns and Filigree Flower Clouds

With its stately habit during the flowering period, Deschampsia cespitosa (botanical name) sets beautiful, vertical accents. It is suitable as a ground cover, as a soft bedding background or as a border planting for paths. The arched, overhanging leaves and the full inflorescences are a perfect match for roses, orchids or bellflowers. But even at pond edges or near trees, this grass has a special ornamental value. In a sufficiently large pot, it can also be effectively placed on a balcony or terrace. Tufted hair grass loves moist soil conditions. But once it has established itself properly at the site, it proves to be relatively drought tolerant.

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  • The variety 'Palava' fits wonderfully into smaller gardens because its low growth enriches and harmonises very well with low shrubs planted in beds. A further plus point is that seeds are not to be expected, since 'Palava' is sterile.
  • The variety 'Bronze Veil' is a compact selection of Karl Foerster with a height of about one metre. It captivates with elegantly overhanging shoots and already in May shows its golden brown spikelets in great splendour.

Buying Deschampsia Cespitosia

Buying Hair GrassTufted hair grass is a species that belongs to the genus Deschampsia. This includes about 40 to 50 representatives. The grass is widely distributed worldwide in temperate zones. In Europe, North America, Asia and New Zealand, it has its natural sites in wet meadows, pastures and swamps. The grass can also be found in higher, cooler locations and in summer, in green, deciduous forests. The fairly fast-growing grasses are 30 to 40 centimetres (leaf thorax) and 80 to 120 centimetres (inflorescences) high. Deschampsia cespitosa is wintergreen or often evergreen.

The upper surface of the leaf blades can cut in one direction. This grass already sprouts in late winter and flowers in May or June. In the hot summer months, its growth activity generally declines. The fruit ripening occurs in August and the fairly light seeds are spread by the wind. Some varieties such as 'Palava' are sterile so that no self-sowing is to be feared. Sowing can generally be limited if only one variety is used in the garden. In old age, the grass forms large but compact tufts of grass. The plants are rooted approximately a metre deep into the soil.

Location and Soil

If you buy tufted hair grass, it will thrive in both sunny and partially shaded spots, but in full sun, the abundance of flowers usually increases. It tolerates root pressure and thrives well near woody plants. The ideal soil for Deschampsia cespitosa is low in lime, nutrient-rich, humic and moist. Preference is given to clay and loam soils, which can store water well. Even slightly compacted soil is not a problem. If the location is ideal, this type of grass can grow up to 2 metres high, which should be considered early in the design.

Planting and Care

Tufted hair grass is best seen in small tufts of 3 to 5 pieces. The best planting time is in the spring. The planting distance should be 40 to 60 centimetres. Generally, you should reserve enough space for the plant to fully develop its effect. Water the grass well after planting and sufficiently in dry periods.

Pruning and Propagating

With Deschampsia cespitosa, a cool-season grass, you should reach for the scissors in February/March in order not to impair the new shoots. But a complete pruning is not always necessary; ultimately, the individual appearance of the grass is crucial: cut the evergreen clump carefully, it is often enough just to “comb it out”. If sowing in the garden is undesirable, pruning is recommended even before the seeds mature in autumn. After heavy rains, hair grass can be a bit unsightly, so that pruning the inflorescences may be required in the summer. If cut before spring, care should be taken not to damage the leafy thorax, which will protect the plant from frost.

As the clumps often become very bulky over time, you can rejuvenate or propagate them by dividing the root ball in the spring, preferably after the plant has been pruned. Separate part of the clump with a spade and then plant it elsewhere in the garden.

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