Deschampsia cespitosa 'Bronzeschleier' - Bronze Veil Tufted Hair Grass

This is the largest of the five Deschampsias. Bronze Veil Hair grass is widely arching in form and is a prodigious bloomer. With such a high-impact plant, it is impossible for us to decide which look best - a specimen or large drifts.

The Latin word cespitosa means "growing in tufts".

Description: cool season/semi-evergreen; clump forming
Foliage is medium green; narrow blade width; 60-80 cm (24-32") in height
Flowers are bronze and arching; May-June; 80-100 cm (32-40") tall

Ideal conditions: full sun to light shade in moist fertile soil, but is happy with average soil; tolerates hot, dry conditions with ample water

Coldest zone: 3 (find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)

Partner with: Bergenia, Ligularia, Chasmanthium latifolium, Inula racemosa 'Sonnenspeer', Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster', Patrinia scabiosifolia

Season of interest: May - October

Recommended spacing between plants: 50-100cm (20-40") why such a difference?

Drought tolerance rating: 2 (water to root depth once every 2 weeks); further info

Native to: Deschampsia cespitosa is native to moist habitats of the temperate zones of North America, Europe and Asia

Pronunciation: Deschampsia (deh-SHAMP-see-ah) cespitosa (ses-pih-TOH-sah) Bronzeschleier (bron-zah-SCHLEYE-er)


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Deschampsia cespitosa 'Bronzeschleier'
Deschampsia cespitosa 'Bronzeschleier'

Image below on the left is of 3 month old plugs
Photo credit: Sharon, Saskatchewan, Zn 2


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from the USDA website: states and provinces where Deschampsia cespitosa is native