Deschampsia cespitosa 'Pixie Fountain' - Pixie Fountain Tufted Hair Grass

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Pixie Fountain Tufted Hair Grass
Deschampsia cespitosa 'Pixie Fountain'
A showy, fine-textured, evergreen grass excellent in shady gardens or woodland settings, it forms a tight clump of narrow foliage that is petite in size but still has the same plume of seeds in late summer that birds love. Perfect for small areas and containers, it is easy to grow and maintain.
  • Birds and a variety of water fowl eat the seeds
  • Provides food for butterfly and moth caterpillars
  • Perfect for small space gardens and containers
  • Extremely cold hardy
  • Tolerates shade better than most grasses
  • Provides cover for small animals and birds

Native Range

As one of the most widely distributed grasses on earth, tufted hairgrass is found in many arctic and temperate regions. It occurs from sea level to 14,000 ft in the mountains. Habitats include coastal terraces, upper tidal marshes, seasonally wet prairies, moist subalpine mountain meadows, open forests, and alpine areas above timberline.

Map Credit: The Biota of North America 
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)

Interesting Facts


Native grasses are easy to grow and the birds will appreciate them. Building a bird-friendly habitat will keep wild birds within view for longer than the few minutes they spend at your bird feeders. And, you won't have to keep filling up the feeder!




Prefers full sun to light shade and moist, fertile soil. It will tolerate average soil and hot, dry conditions with ample water. Looks great in containers year round, great for edging and amazing when planted en masse. 


Mature Size: 20-24in. Tall x 18-20in. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 2-7

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

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