Deschampsia flexuosa
Wavy Hairgrass

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Part ShadeBird Friendly
Wavy Hairgrass
Deschampsia flexuosa

This showy, fine-textured, evergreen grass is excellent in shady gardens or woodland settings. A cool season grower, wavy hairgrass forms a tight clump of narrow, wiry foliage. In late spring, stems shoot up above the foliage and arch gracefully with frothy-looking flowers. Clumping grasses like this provide nest sites and winter cover for quail and sparrows. They also provide fall and winter seeds for a number of birds including cardinals, towhees, juncos, sparrows, finches, goldfinches, redpolls and snow buntings.

Will grow in dry shade
Provides nest sites, protective cover and food for birds
Offers protective cover for small mammals
Good winter interest; very winter hardy
Use flowers in fresh or dried arrangements

Native Range

Dry woods, highlands and shorelines; Maine to Michigan south to Ohio and Pennsylvania and in the mountains to Georgia.

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

Interesting Facts


Diversifying your shady areas by planting a mix of shrubs, vines, grasses and flowers will provide the best type of habitat for wildlife and will give you a visually interesting landscape year round.




Grows easily in partial shade to full shade. Plant in average to dry soil. Leave foliage in place for winter interest and to provide cover for wildlife. Cut back to the ground in early spring before new growth begins. Plants will self-sow but are not invasive.


Mature Size: 8-12in. Tall x 12-18in. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

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