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Deschampsia cespitosa 'Pixie Fountain'

Pixie Fountain Tufted Hair Grass /

A showy, fine-textured, evergreen grass excellent in shady gardens or woodland settings, it forms a tight clump of narrow foliage that is petite in size but still has the same plume of seeds in late summer that birds love. Perfect for small areas and containers, it is easy to grow and maintain.


  • Birds and a variety of water fowl eat the seeds
  • Provides food for butterfly and moth caterpillars
  • Perfect for small space gardens and containers
  • Extremely cold hardy
  • Tolerates shade better than most grasses
  • Provides cover for small animals and birds

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefers full sun to light shade and moist, fertile soil. It will tolerate average soil and hot, dry conditions with ample water. Looks great in containers year round, great for edging and amazing when planted en masse. 

20-24 Inches


18-20 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 2-7

Native Range

As one of the most widely distributed grasses on earth, tufted hairgrass is found in many arctic and temperate regions. It occurs from sea level to 14,000 ft in the mountains. Habitats include coastal terraces, upper tidal marshes, seasonally wet prairies, moist subalpine mountain meadows, open forests, and alpine areas above timberline.

Native Trivia

Native grasses are easy to grow and the birds will appreciate them. Building a bird-friendly habitat will keep wild birds within view for longer than the few minutes they spend at your bird feeders. And, you won't have to keep filling up the feeder!

"This is a host plant for Umber Skippers but us birds really love the seeds!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Low Grasses
  • Filtered Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Sun
  • Acidic
  • Heavy clay
  • Humus-rich
  • Well-drained
  • Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Average
  • Moist
  • Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
  • Beneficial insects
  • Butterflies
  • Mammals
  • Songbirds
Bloom Time
  • Late Summer
  • Summer
Habitat Collection
  • Butterfly
  • Songbird
  • Wet Sun
Native Habitat
  • Coastal
  • Desert
  • Forest
  • Grassland
  • Riparian, wetland
Foliage Color
  • Green
  • Light Green
  • Accent
  • Bog, water garden
  • Border
  • Container
  • Ground cover
  • Mass plant
  • Meadow
  • Naturalizes
  • Specimen
Native to
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming