This elegant and modest grass is well-suited for half shade areas with not too-dry soil. Tufted Hairgrass forms plumes of narrow evergreen leaves and in summer flowers with airy silver-green panicles that shortly turn golden-yellow and fade with the season.
The flowers stay ornamental until winter (when wet snow or weather flattens them), but the clumps stay showy all year round.
This grass is a perfect addition to any woodland garden, woodland edges, large rock gardens or moist areas along ponds or streams. Mixes well with shade-loving perennials such as ferns, Bergenia, Brunnera, Epimedium, Geranium, Helleborus, Omphalodes, Hakonechloa, Hosta. Great combinations can also be made with shorter native perennials like Aquilegia canadensis, A. chrysantha, Asarum, Eupatorium coelestinum, Polemonium repens, Polygonatum diphyllum, Stylophorum diphyllum, woodland Asters or grasses like Carex digitata or Chasmantium latifolium.
Best if planted in masses or small groups. It will self-seed in good conditions.
The genus name honors Louis August Deschamps (1765-1842), a French surgeon and naturalist.
Blooming Time: July to September
Size: 3’ tall x 1-2’ wide
USDA Zones: 4 to 9
Culture: part shade, dappled shade, grows well in average garden soil that's not too dry, humus-rich moist soil, loam
Moisture Needs: medium, medium-moist
Origin: native to many states in the East and West USA (not found in the hot south): see the USDA distribution map. Naturally grows in cool damp habitats including estuaries, moist mountain meadows, calcareous wetlands, floodplain forests, water margins and marshy grasslands. In the eastern USA it grows in disturbed soggy fields or roadsides. In the western states it can be found in a wide range of montane habitats and alpine meadows.
Deer/Rabbit Resistant: yes / yes
Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators: no
Attracts Hummingbirds: no, but it attracts little birds, providing nesting material for birds and small mammals.
Pot Size: 3.5" x 4" perennial pot (1.22 pt/580 ml)