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Common Name: Tussock Grass
Deschampsia caespitosa is a Evergreen Perennial up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
Temperate areas of Europe, including Britain, Asia, N. Africa, N. America and Australasia.
Damp woods and meadows, usually on badly drained clay soils[
Prefers a humus-rich acidic soil[
] but it succeeds in most soils[
]. It prefers a soil on the heavier and wetter side[
], but it also grows in drier soils[
]. Does well on damp or wet banks or in open woodland[
Deschampsia cespitosa is an extremely polymorphic, widely distributed grass. Many regional and local variants have been accorded separate status, either at specific or infraspecific rank[
There are several named varieties, selected for their ornamental value[
]. No further details are given, though it is likely that the seed was ground into a flour and used as a cereal. However, the seed is quite small and its use would be rather fiddly[
Plants form impenetrably dense clumps and when planted close together in drifts make an excellent ground cover[
Seed - sow in situ in spring or autumn[
]. Only just cover the seed[
]. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 3 weeks at 13°c[
If seed is in short supply it can be sown in a cold frame in spring, pricked out into individual pots as soon as it is large enough to handle and planted out in early summer.