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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.

Benefits

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. 


Height
20-24 Inches

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Spread
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
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Sun
Soil
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
Uses
Accent
Bog, water garden
Border
Container
Ground cover
Mass plant
Meadow
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