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Tufted hairgrass

Deschampsia caespitosa

Tufted hairgrass gets its name from the fine, hairlike flowers that rise about the plant. They emerge green and turn shades of gold, forming clouds that look like a beautiful, unruly head of golden hair.

A native to damp woods, bogs, and streamsides, tufted hairgrass prefers a cool spot in partial shade.


Part Sun, Shade



1 to 3 feet


1-2 feet wide

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more varieties for Tufted hairgrass

'Tardiflora' tufted hairgrass
'Tardiflora' tufted hairgrass
Deschampsia cespitosa 'Tardiflora' blooms in late summer with greenish clouds of flowers over a mound of medium green foliage. Zones 4-9

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Add a little sunshine to your garden with imposing ligularia. Its golden flower spikes or flattened heads of yellow daisylike flowers shine brightly in sun or part shade. The bold leaves are kidney-shape or jagged along the edges. These moisture lovers do beautifully at the edges of ponds and streams, and they must have deep, rich soil that remains moist. Position ligularia so it has a little shade during the heat of the day.
Take a walk down the primrose path and you'll never look back! Primroses are a classic cottage flower and are popular with collectors. They covet the hundreds of different primroses available, especially some of the tiny rare alpine types.Many are staples of cottage gardens and rock gardens, while others provide spring color to damp places, rain gardens, and bog gardens. Their basal rosettes of oval leaves are often puckered or are very smooth. The colorful flowers may be borne singly or rise in tiered clusters, or even spikes. Provide humus-high soil that retains moisture and some shade for best results.
Named for the Greek goddess of the rainbow, iris indeed comes in a rainbow of colors and in many heights. All have the classic, impossibly intricate flowers. The flowers are constructed with three upright "standard" petals and three drooping "fall" petals, which are often different colors. The falls may be "bearded" or not. Some cultivars bloom a second time in late summer. Some species prefer alkaline soil while others prefer acidic soil.Shown above: Immortality iris

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