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Tufted Hairgrass

Deschampsia cespitosa, native

  • Short-lived, cool season perennial
  • Starts growing early in spring
  • Mass of deep-green leaves covering the crown of the plant
  • Shallow roots
  • Cultivated as an ornamental garden plant
  • Tolerant to both acidic and alkaline conditions
  • A highly variable species
  • Recommended in reclamation seed mixes
  • Tolerant to heavy metal contamination
  • Highly palatable grass that is resistant to grazing
  • Food source for butterflies in North America
  • Widespread distribution globally, including the eastern and western coasts of North America

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Characteristics Table
Growth HabitBunchgrass
Flood ToleranceExcellent
Drought ToleranceFair
Salt ToleranceGood
Soil PHAcidic to Neutral
Soil TypeMedium to Moderately Fine
Approx. Seeds/lb1,600,000
Canopy Mature Height20-120 cm

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