tufted hair grass

Deschampsia cespitosa (tufted hair grass)‚Äč is an ornamental native grass that has a delicate inflorescence rising above a clump of dense green foliage.

It turns golden later in the season and performs well in shady areas. D. cespitosa provides food for the larvae of several North American butterfly species (ex. Umber Skipper).

Botanical Name Deschampsia cespitosa
Common Name tufted hair grass
Family Poaceae
USDA Zone 4 thru 9
Light Requirement Full Sun to Part Shade
Season(s) of interest summer, fall
Height and Spread 2-3ft x 1-2ft (60-90cm x 30-60cm)
Flower Color Purple, Gold
Attracts Wildlife
Additional Information Native to Chicago Region.
Location in Lurie Garden North Dark Plate, Southeast Light Plate, East Meadow, West Meadow


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