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Deschampsia cespitosa - 'Goldtau' (Hair Grass, Deschampsia)

Deschampsia cespitosa - 'Goldtau' (Hair Grass, Deschampsia)
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Type Grass, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Spreading arching, Architectural Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Golden Flowers (Summer early), Light green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Deschampsia cespitosa Description

This taller growing hair grass forms loose upright tussocks of green foliage that turns straw gold as the season progresses. Tufted spring foliage is followed by clouds of gold hair like flowers which survive right through until the winter months. Ideal in drifts in among lower growing grasses and herbaceous plants. Also good in a container or tub.


Deschampsia cespitosa - Cultivation Notes

Deswchampsia requires a neutral to acid soil in to shade or sun, making it an ideal low growing plant for shady areas, dappled shade or part sun. Avoid planting in very dry soils or overly wet heavy clays, preferring a humus rich damp soil soil type. Trim back every winter and mulch form time to time 30cm tall x 40cm spread.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Deschampsia cespitosa:

  • Attractive autumn colour
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Suitable for planting in full shade

Weaknesses of Deschampsia cespitosa

  • Does not tolerate very dry or very wet soils

Design & Plant Use for Deschampsia cespitosa:

  • Ornamental grass for summer long foliage interest
  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting

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