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Tufted Hairgrass
Deschampsia cespitosa
  
About Tufted Hairgrass (Deschampsia cespitosa) 32 Nurseries Carry This Plant Tufted Hair-grass or Tussock grass (Deschampsia cespitosa or Deschampsia caespitosa) is a wild plant from the grass family (Poaceae). Distribution of this grass species is widespread including the eastern and western extremes of North America, parts of South America and Eurasia. In California it is most commonly found in the central and northern portions of the state, including the Coast Ranges and Sierras. It is found in coastal prairie habitat and mountain meadows, along with other native grasses such as Fescues (Festuca spp.) and Needlegrass (Stipa spp.). It is most often found in moist to very wet areas such as freshwater or saltwater marsh, riparian areas, and woodland/forest habitats.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Grasses

Size
Size
3.3 ft tall
3 ft wide

Form
Form
Fountain

Dormancy
Dormancy
Summer Semi-Deciduous

Fragrance
Fragrance
None

Flower Color
Flower Color
Brown

Wildlife Supported
 


 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Low, Moderate - High

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / week once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 0° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast, Medium, Slow, Standing

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerant of sand and clay. Soil PH: 5.0 - 7.0

Common uses
Common uses
Deer Resistant, Butterfly Gardens

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Use in moist locations with other native grasses, perennial herbs or annual wildflowers such as Yerba Mansa (Anemopsis), Sedges (Carex sp.), Rush (Juncus sp.), Monkeyflower (Mimulus cardinalis or guttatus), and Hedge Nettle (Stachys sp.)

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Wet places, meadows, streambanks, marshes, coastal prairie or mountain meadows

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 6.9" - 153.3", Summer Precipitation: 0.15" - 5.87", Coldest Month: 17.7" - 51.1", Hottest Month: 36.5" - 78.5", Humidity: 0.01" - 28.14", Elevation: -51" - 14460"

Alternative Names
Common Names: California Hairgrass, Tufted Hair-grass


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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