Tufted Hairgrass is an incredibly important and flexible, clumping grass that doesn't get the respect it deserves. It is one of the most widely distributed grasses on earth, with temperature ranges from artic to temperate, and altitude ranges from sea level to 14,000 ft. It can also be found in tidal marshes, open forests, subalpine mountain meadows and seasonally wet prairies. Tufted Hairgrass is a desirable forage for cattle, sheep and wild populations of deer, elk, and bison. Wild horses also find Tufted Hair Grass to be an important part of their diet. It is also a larval food plant for several species of North American butterfly. For its many benefits, Tufted Hairgrass is considered a keystone species for wet meadows, which is a species on which other species in an ecosystem largely depend.
Tufted Hair Grass
Tuft Hair Grass - Deschampsia cespitosa
Size: 2-3' tall, up to 5' when flowering.
Growing Conditions: Part sun, moist soil.
Features: Winter interest, highly ornamental, useful for stabilizing soil, provide larval food for multiple butterflies, virtually pest and disease free.
Natural Habitat: Moist, high elevation sites in Canada and the US.
Companion Plants: Western Sword Fern, Lady Fern, Purple Coneflower.