Tufted Hair-grass - Deschampsia cespitosa


    Large, densely tufted plant to 120 cm tall. Leaves to 5mm wide with strong parallel ridges and furrows on the upper side. Panicles with whorled spreading branches.

    Identification difficulty
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    The panicle is branched. Each spikelet contains two florets. A strongly tufted grass forming large tussocks. Its leaves are very rough.


    Wet or marshy ground, wet woodland, and heavy soils.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Very common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 589 of the 617 tetrads.

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