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Deschampsia flexuosa

Wavy Hairgrass

This showy, fine-textured, evergreen grass is excellent in shady gardens or woodland settings. A cool season grower, wavy hairgrass forms a tight clump of narrow, wiry foliage. In late spring, stems shoot up above the foliage and arch gracefully with frothy-looking flowers. Clumping grasses like this provide nest sites and winter cover for quail and sparrows. They also provide fall and winter seeds for a number of birds including cardinals, towhees, juncos, sparrows, finches, goldfinches, redpolls and snow buntings.

Benefits

  • Will grow in dry shade
  • Provides nest sites, protective cover and food for birds
  • Offers protective cover for small mammals
  • Good winter interest; very winter hardy
  • Use flowers in fresh or dried arrangements

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows easily in partial shade to full shade. Plant in average to dry soil. Leave foliage in place for winter interest and to provide cover for wildlife. Cut back to the ground in early spring before new growth begins. Plants will self-sow but are not invasive.


Height
8-12 Inches

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Spread
12-18 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Native Range

Dry woods, highlands and shorelines; Maine to Michigan south to Ohio and Pennsylvania and in the mountains to Georgia.

Native Trivia

Diversifying your shady areas by planting a mix of shrubs, vines, grasses and flowers will provide the best type of habitat for wildlife and will give you a visually interesting landscape year round.

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Songbirds
Plan Sub Group
Low Grasses
Medium Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Attracts Wildlife
Mammals
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Habitat Collection
Dry Shade
Songbird
Native Habitat
Grassland
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Cut or dried flower
Drought tolerant
Evergreen
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Native to
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Georgia
Kansas
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin