• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Mounded form to 3 ft. tall, width indefinite.
    Key Feature:
    Deer Resistant
    Spring to fall
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:des-CHAMP-si-a sey-spi-TOH-sa vi-vi-PAR-i-a
    Plant type:Ornamental Grass
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Mounded form to 3 ft. tall, width indefinite.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring to fall
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFlowers for Cutting
    Garden styleRustic
    Design IdeasThis native grass, with its dense shiny green blades, is perfect for the acidic soils of woodland gardens, where it is cool and damp. Ornamental grasses like these can be couched in naturalistic or decidedly tropical gardens, where large-leaved perennials create huge contrast with narrow-bladed grasses. The flower heads (panicles) are much lighter in color, creating a haze of buff tones that stand out boldly against very dark green groundcovers. Heads are also attractive when cut and dried. Casual and easy to care for, this grass is a great potted specimen for porch or patio.
    Companion PlantsHair Grass combines nicely with the creamy cool variegation of Morning Light Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light') in warmer climates. For a tropical character mass a backdrop of the bright orange TropicannaTM Canna (Canna indica var. 'Phasion').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    Hair or tussock grasses are members of the immense Poaceae family. The genus was classified by French botanist Beaufois around the end of the 18th century. It was named for another French scientists, naturalist Louis Deschamps. A commonly found native of Europe is distributed over an enormous range including North America and Asia.
    Tussock grasses were often dug out and used as knee pads by those working on cold stone floors of old European churches, castles and barns.