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Photo courtesy of USFWS William Finley National Wildlife Refuge.

Tufted hair grass

Scientific name
Deschampsia cespitosa
Plant Family
Plant Group
Perennial with numerous nodding stems. The panicles (seed heads) are open and loose. It grows from 20 to 60in tall, prefers poorly drained soils.
Identification Hints

Perennial with numerous nodding stems. The panicles (seed heads) are open and loose. It grows from 20 to 60 in tall, prefers poorly drained soils.

Did You Know?

According to the USDA, Tufted hairgrass is important in a number of projects, including mine reclamation, wet prairie restoration, and bio-filtration swales. It is also a useful forage species for cattle and wildlife like antelope, bison, and many species of butterfly.

States
AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, ID, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MT, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SD, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY