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Deschampsia

Hair Grass
Poaceae (Gramineae)
Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants

Grown for their graceful clumps of arching foliage and airy clouds of flowers. Although they grow over much of North America, most garden selections are imports from Europe. Use these in mass plantings.

Deschampsia cespitosa (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)
Deschampsia cespitosa (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

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Deschampsia cespitosa

Native to North America, Asia, Europe. Clumps of narrow dark green leaves grow to 1–2 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide; evergreen except in colder climates. Airy inflorescences in late spring or early summer can increase plant height to 4 ft. or taller; they are green to greenish gold, turning straw color in winter. Good subject for planting under native oaks.

Deschampsia cespitosa vivipara
Deschampsia cespitosa vivipara

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Deschampsia cespitosa vivipara

Grows to 1–2 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide. The plant produces plantlets instead of seeds; these droop to the ground and may take root.

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