Deschampsia cespitosa (Tufted hairgrass)

Cool season, leafy, densely tufted perennial bunch grass. Most common on moist sites between 5,000 and 13,000 ft. but may occur on drier sites at its upper limit. Very palatable to both livestock and wildlife.

native distribution

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INFORMATION & ATTRIBUTES

Family: Poaceae

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Graminoid

Native Status: Native

Season: Cool season

 

Growth Form: Bunchgrass

Mature Height: 12-24 in.

Annual Precipitation: 14+ in.

Drought Tolerance: Low

Shade Tolerance: Intolerant

Elevation: 5,000-13,000 ft.

Wetland Indicator Status: FACW

Fire Resistance: No

Fire Tolerance:

SOIL ADAPTATION

Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: Yes

Salinity Tolerance: Low

CaCO3 Tolerance: Low

pH Range: 4.8-7.2


SEEDING NOTES

Seeds per Pound: 1,300,000

Seeding Rate: 1-2 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Fall

Days to Germination:


VARIETIES & LOCAL ACCESSIONS

Nortran - First known cultivar of the species. Very hardy and well adapted to northern regions and upper elevations at lower latitudes. Excellent for low maintenance ground cover. (Released 1986, source of ecotype: Alaska and Iceland)