Scientific Name: Deschampsia cespitosa
Light: Part Shade
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 2 to 3 feet
Width: 1 to 2 feet
Flowers: airy panicles (to 20″ long) of tiny, variably-colored flowers (tones of gold, silver, purple and green) which form a cloud over the foliage that is particularly attractive when backlit. Flowering occurs from May to September.
Fruit/Seed: Seeds mature from late June to late September
Birds: Cover and food values are rated poor to good for upland game birds, songbirds, and waterfowl depending on wildlife species and location.
Insects/Pollinators: Tufted hairgrass is a larval food plant for several butterflies in North America and is host for at least 40 species of Lepidopteran insects worldwide.
Native: USDA shows native only to Baltimore & Cecil counties in Maryland