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Deschampsia caespitosa - (L.)P.Beauv.

Common Name Tussock Grass, Tufted Hair Grass, Hair Grass
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Damp woods and meadows, usually on badly drained clay soils[17].
Range Temperate areas of Europe, including Britain, Asia, N. Africa, N. America and Australasia.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Wet Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Deschampsia caespitosa Tussock Grass, Tufted Hair Grass, Hair Grass


Deschampsia caespitosa Tussock Grass, Tufted Hair Grass, Hair Grass
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Summary

Bloom Color: Yellow. Main Bloom Time: Late spring. Form: Rounded.


Physical Characteristics

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Deschampsia caespitosa is an evergreen Perennial growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in) at a medium rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 5. It is in leaf all year, in flower from June to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist or wet soil.

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Synonyms

Aira caespitosa.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Ground Cover; Meadow; Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed
Edible Uses:

Seed[105, 161, 177, 257]. No further details are given, though it is likely that the seed was ground into a flour and used as a cereal. However, the seed is quite small and its use would be rather fiddly[K].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Plants form impenetrably dense clumps and when planted close together in drifts make an excellent ground cover[200].

Special Uses

Ground cover

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Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Ground cover, Massing, Rock garden, Specimen, Woodland garden. Prefers a humus-rich acidic soil[200] but it succeeds in most soils[1]. It prefers a soil on the heavier and wetter side[1], but it also grows in drier soils[162]. Does well on damp or wet banks or in open woodland[1, 162]. There are several named varieties, selected for their ornamental value[200]. Special Features: Attractive foliage, Naturalizing, Suitable for dried flowers, Attractive flowers or blooms.

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Propagation

Seed - sow in situ in spring or autumn[162, 175, 200]. Only just cover the seed[175]. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 3 weeks at 13°c[175]. If seed is in short supply it can be sown in a cold frame in spring, pricked out into individual pots as soon as it is large enough to handle and planted out in early summer.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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