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Plant Name:

Tufted Hairgrass

Scientific Name:

Deschampsia cespitosa


A native perennial grass with tufted, arching foliage and showy, airy seedheads.


Native to temperate regions of North America and Eurasia, and often found in moist environments such as meadows, bogs, and along stream banks.


Tufted Hairgrass provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including birds such as the American goldfinch and song sparrow who may use the plant for cover and nesting, and small mammals such as voles who may eat the plant's seeds and use the plant for shelter.

Growing Conditions:

Prefers moist soil and full sun to partial shade.


Often used for erosion control and as a groundcover in wetland restoration projects.

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Fun Facts:

Tufted Hairgrass is also known as "tufted tussock grass" or "hairgrass".

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