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Deschampsia cespitosa 'Pixie Fountain'

Tufted hair grass

The herbarium at Kew has specimens of Deschampsia collected from a thatched cottage roof dating to 1460. It's a tough UK native that has been used for thatching, as a fodder crop and to stabilise slopes and banks. 

'Pixie Fountain' is a refined, dwarf cultivar of this ubiquitous grass. It's smaller, more compact and tidier than its wild cousins but equally as beautiful. 

Each plant will form a small mound of slender dark green leaves which become almost obscured in summer by clouds of billowing flowers. When backlit or caught by a setting sun the effect is magical. 

By autumn the plant and its lovely flower-heads turn orangey bronze and can be cut for dried arrangements. 

'Pixie Fountain' needs a moist but well drained soil in sun or partial shade and is perhaps at its best when planted near but not in water. 

Tufted hair-grass is one of the food plants of two British butterflies - the ringlet and the grayling. Deciduous.

Family

Plant type

Hardiness

Height

Spread

Foliage

Flower

Soil

Position

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Poaceae

Hardy perennial grass (D)

H6

60cm 

45cm 

Dark green 

Buff to bronze 

Moist but well-drained 

Partial shade

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