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Dwarf Tufted Hair Grass

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  • Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 20 - 24 Inches
  • Mature Spread 20 - 24 Inches
  • Growing Zones 2 - 8

Native grasses add beauty to the garden with little effort, and they support a variety of wildlife, with Dwarf Tufted Hair Grass (Deschampsia cesp. Pixie Fountain) topping both lists. The finely textured leaves on this evergreen grass form a tight clump at the bottom and gently arch at the top. In late summer, plumes of seeds appear at the end of the foliage, feeding birds as the growing season ends. In summer, butterflies also visit the grass for food.

This dwarf grass also provides a place for moth caterpillars to reside and for small birds or animals to seek cover. It does all this in a small package, rising to only about 2 feet high and spreading about 20 inches wide by summer. It can grow in partial shade, a rarity for ornamental grasses, so it’s suitable for woodland gardens. It also can handle moist soil and grows well in containers, wetlands, or water gardens in a wide climate range of zones 2 through 8.

Dwarf Tufted Hair Grass Care

Choose a partly shaded area for this cool-season grass that grows mostly in spring and fall. In hotter zones of its range, try to ensure it gets afternoon shade and plenty of water. This grass can grow in average soil that drains well, but really thrives in rich, moist soils. The native grass needs little fertilizing, but applying a slow-release balanced fertilizer each spring can help it grow and green.

If you want to tidy the grass in fall, remove the flower stems. But the birds will appreciate you leaving the seeds on the plant. Cut Dwarf Tufted Hair Grass back in early spring before new growth appears in areas with mild winters. In cooler climates, you can cut the grass at nearly ground level. It responds well to the pruning and grows back quickly.

Dwarf Tufted Hair Grass Spacing

Enjoy the seed heads swaying in the wind all year by grouping several of these tufted hair grasses together. Space them about 18 to 20 inches apart to account for their growth.

Dwarf Tufted Hair Grass Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 2 - 8
Plant Type:
Light Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 20 - 24 Inches
Mature Spread: 18 - 20 Inches
Spacing: 18 - 20 Inches
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): White
Flower Description:
Bloom Period:
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer, Rabbit
Tolerates: Drought
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
Container Role:
Uses: Borders, Containers, Edging, Mass Planting, Wildlife Gardens
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Foliage Interest, Low Maintenance, Native to North America
Brand: American Beauties Native Plants
Common Name: Dwarf Tufted Hair Grass
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