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Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau' (tufted hairgrass)

Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau'

tufted hairgrass

Selected for deep, dark-green foliage, late blooming period, clump-forming habit and airy, golden-yellow flowers that emerge in June and last through to September. Attractive seed heads persist through winter. An eye catching cool season, semi-evergreen ornamental grass perfectly suited for part sun to shade.

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12-24 Inches


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12 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

tufted hairgrass Interesting Notes

A selection of Deschampsia cespitosa, 'Goldtau' is noted for its compact habit, extended bloom period and lovely golden-yellow inflorescences. The foliage grows to 1’ tall and then fills in at 2’ tall when it begins to bloom. Tufted hairgrass is a wonderful grass to hide leggier plants such as Monarda spp. or Phlox paniculata. To take the best advantage of its decorative inflorescences, be sure to site tufted hairgrass where it can be backlit by the setting sun and where gentle air movement can sway its cloudlike flower panicles. 

Deschampsia cespitosa is a circumpolar plant, ranging across the northern hemisphere, and adapting to various conditions. Populations occupy moderately moist to seasonally flooded, sunny to partially shaded environments in a wide variety of soil types. The plant can be found in a variety of habitats including seasonally wet prairies, open forests, tidal marshes, and pond and stream margins. In the eastern United States, it can be found in disturbed soggy fields and roadsides. Different populations and subspecies tolerate high soil acidity and heavy metals while some have a moderate tolerance to salinity. The plant prefers cooler climates and floral display may be diminished in hotter climates in the South. The plant should be cut back to the ground in late winter for spring and summer display.

We are utterly impressed with this gem in our trial garden, as the dark green foliage, long bloom period and golden yellow flower stalks command attention. We love using Deschampsia cespitosa as a transitional plant, bridging the gap between a full sun site to a shadier site in the garden in sweeps and masses. Tufted hairgrass is a larval food plant with several butterflies in North America, including umber skippers, and to over 40 Lepidopteran species worldwide. Seeds and leaf blades can be forage for small birds and mammals as well.

Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Plant in moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil in partial sun or light shade. Prefers acidic conditions. 'Goldtau' can tolerate hot, dry conditions with ample water. Cut back seed stalks in late winter to early spring. To propagate, divide in spring or fall. 

Good Substitutions

tufted hairgrass Deschampsia cespitosa
wavy hairgrass Deschampsia flexuosa

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Salt Tolerance
Salt Tolerance

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Green Infrastructure
Lawn Alternative
Bioretention/Rain Garden
Wetland Indicator Status
Falcutative Wetland (FACW)
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Native to North America
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Propagation Type
Grass Type
Cool Season