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DESCHAMPSIA cespitosa 'Dew Carrier'

Image of Deschampsia cespitosa 'Dew Carrier' ('Tauträger')

Family

Poaceae

Botanical Name

DESCHAMPSIA cespitosa 'Dew Carrier' ('('Tauträger')')

Plant Common Name

Tautrager Tufted Hairgrass, Tufted Hairgrass

General Description

Native to temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere, tufted hairgrass is an upright, open cool-season grass. It is a food source for wildlife, used for re-vegetation projects, agriculturally and for ornament. It forms tight clumps and mats. The dark green, hair-thin leaves are rigid, rough on the upper surface, smooth beneath and arch outward and turn golden yellow in fall and winter. Tufted hairgrass is evergreen in mild climates. The cultivar ‘Dew Carrier’ produces thin, cream-colored, loose, airy inflorescences that sit well above the foliage in the summer; the spikes turn a lovely golden shade in autumn. The plumes are nice for use in fresh or dried arrangements.

Tufted hairgrass will grow in many, moist soil conditions and prefers some shade. It will not tolerate long, hot summers. It is self-seeding and tolerant of fire. Divide this perennial grass in the late spring. Plant tufted hairgrass in groups or singularly in the woodland, near water features, of as part of wildflower or mixed border.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Grass

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    2'-6' / 0.6m - 1.8m

  • Width

    4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    North America, Europe, Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site, Salt, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Green, Ivory

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gold, Tan

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Dried Flower / Everlasting, Cutflower, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Feature Plant, Foundation, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Water Gardens, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes