A large group of clump forming grasses, Deschampsia are sometimes known as 'Hair Grass', this reflects the fine foliage. One of the best aspects of this group or ornamental landscaping grasses is that many grow well in part shade.
As well as being fine foliage plants Deschampsia species produce fine flower heads that last well into autumn and aslo make good backing material for cut flowers.
It seems to be the cultivars taht are taking the stage with this group of ornamental grasses, Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau' with its golden yellow flowers inflorescences grows easily in the garden and is excellent in a container as well. The seed heads last long into winter and most gardeners leave these to add interest through the colder months.
Deschampsia flexuosa aurea with its golden green foliage is also known as 'Tatra Gold'.
All species prefer a humus rich moist soil, however they are reasonably forgiving and will grow in poorer soils and les than ideal conditions.
- Deschampsia flexuosa is a great ornamental grasses for shady positions.
- Deschampsia cespitosa or 'Tufted Hair Grass' is a mounding species, the foliage looking as though ot is translucent during the cooler months.
- Deschampsia cespitosa 'Northern Light' great in a container or pot.
- Deschampsia antartica is as the name suggests very tolerant on cold, however not readily available.
Deschampsia species are available for sale from the following nurseries.
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