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Golden Dew Tufted Hair Grass

Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau'

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Golden Dew Tufted Hair Grass (Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau') at Roger's Gardens

Golden Dew Tufted Hair Grass

Golden Dew Tufted Hair Grass

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Golden Dew Tufted Hair Grass (Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau') at Roger's Gardens

Golden Dew Tufted Hair Grass flowers

Golden Dew Tufted Hair Grass flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  16 inches

Flower Height:  24 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3b

Other Names:  Gold Dew Tufted Hair Grass

Description:

Attractive tufts of dark green, grassy foliage present airy panicles of chartreuse florets, followed by beautiful golden seed heads that sway in the wind, creating fine texture in the garden; perfect for naturalized landscapes and great in containers

Ornamental Features

Golden Dew Tufted Hair Grass is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. The gold seed heads are carried on showy plumes displayed in abundance from early fall to early winter. It features delicate spikes of yellow flowers with chartreuse overtones rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its grassy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year.

Landscape Attributes

Golden Dew Tufted Hair Grass is an open herbaceous evergreen perennial grass with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Golden Dew Tufted Hair Grass is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Golden Dew Tufted Hair Grass will grow to be about 16 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Golden Dew Tufted Hair Grass is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Texture 
Ornamental Features