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Common Name: Tufted Hairgrass

Scientific Name: Deschampsia caespitosa

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Pasture and rangeland

~Wildlife habitat restoration


Height: 1 - 2 feet

Root Type: Bunchgrass

Growing Season: Cool

Soil Types: Prefers deep, moist, poorly drained or well-drained, medium to fine textured soils

Tolerances: Acid, salt and alkali

Sun or Shade: Full sun, partial shade

Minimum Precipitation: 16 - 18 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 1-2 lbs/acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 2,500,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall

Planting Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inch

Category: Grasses



Tufted Hairgrass is a densely-tufted bunchgrass with a short lifespan, thriving in cool-season conditions. Typically, it is found in damp, wooded areas and along stream banks across the United States. This grass exhibits good tolerance to acid, alkali, and salt, and it performs optimally in deep, moist, poorly drained, or well-drained, medium to fine-textured soils. Tufted Hairgrass is well-suited for growth at high elevations.


Renowned for its excellent palatability, it serves as valuable forage for both livestock and wildlife. The grass proves useful for range management, pasture improvement, and enhancement of wildlife habitats. Additionally, it is employed in the revegetation of disturbed sites at moist, high elevations, persisting into early winter. Select varieties of Tufted Hairgrass are specifically valued for their wear resistance, making them suitable for turf applications, especially in areas with waterlogged soils, shaded areas, low nitrogen levels, or high acidity.



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Tufted Hairgrass


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