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Deschampsia is a genus of grass

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Deschampsia is a genus of grass.

Overview of Deschampsia

• It belongs to the family Poaceae.
• It is popularly known as:
– hair grass
– tussock grass
• There are about 30 to 40 species in this genus.
• Deschampsia species are used as food plants.
• They are used by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species.
These include:
– Antler Moth
– The Clay
– Clouded-bordered Brindle
– Common Wainscot
– Dark Arches
– Dusky Brocade
– Shoulder-striped Wainscot
– Smoky Wainscot and Wall

Selected species
• Deschampsia antarctica E.Desv.
• Deschampsia bottnica
• Deschampsia brevifolia
• Deschampsia cespitosa
• Deschampsia cespitosa
• Deschampsia cespitosa
• Deschampsia cespitosa
• Deschampsia cespitosa
• Deschampsia cespitosa
• Deschampsia cespitosa
• Deschampsia cespitosa
• Deschampsia chapmanii
• Deschampsia danthonioides (Trin.)
• Deschampsia elongata (Hook.) Munro
• Deschampsia flexuosa (L.) Trin
• Deschampsia koelerioides Regel
• Deschampsia laxa Phil.
• Deschampsia mackenzieana
• Deschampsia media (Gouan) Roem. & Schult.
• Deschampsia nubigena Hillebr
• Deschampsia pulchra Nees
• Deschampsia reuteri Pilg.
• Deschampsia setacea (Huds.)

Scientific Classification of Deschampsia

• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Monocots
• (unranked) : Commelinids
• Order : Poales
• Family : Poaceae
• Tribe : Poeae
• Subtribe : Airinae
• Genus : Deschampsia

Growing/Caring conditions

• Hair grasses are manageable plants which will develop in almost any good garden soil.
• But their choice is designed for moist humus-rich soil.
• They would do best if grown in a position in sun or light shade.
• Spent blossom stems ought to be eradicated in early spring to permit new growth.
• Propagate the species from seed; however named clones ought to be divided in spring.

How to grow?
• This plant needs Sunlight.
• This plant needs Full sun
• This plant needs South-facing, West-facing or East-facing spot to grow well.
• This plant needs to be sheltered.

• This plant needs moist but well-drained and light fertile soil.
• This plant will not tolerate very wet winter times.
• Soil should be Well-drained or Moist but well-drained for the plant to flourish.
• Soil should be Acid, Alkaline or Neutral.
• Soil should be of the Loam, Chalk or Sand type.

• Sow the seeds in pots in a cold frame.
• Sow the seeds in spring.
• You can also grow by division in spring.

Suggested planting locations
• Cottage
• Informal Garden
• Flower borders and beds
• Cut Flowers
• Low Maintenance
• Prairie Planting

How to care?
• This grass is generally pest free.

• Cut back old and the flowered stems in early winter.
• Prune them at the base.

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