Tufted Hair-grass - Deschampsia cespitosa subsp. 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.


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.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map