Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldtau’ is a clump-forming, cool season grass that grows well in part shade and does best in moist soils. Cool season grasses tend to have most growth in spring and in the fall when temperatures are just cool enough for this plant to thrive. In the summer, these dark green tussocks turn into beautiful, billowing clouds of golden-yellow flowerheads.
Deschampsia is indigenous to cool damp habitats including moist mountain meadows, seeps, floodplain forests, ponds and marshy grasslands. If planted in warmer, drier areas, the flower display may be diminished. It can endure short periods of drought but not long term flooding and is known to tolerate hot, dry sites only if abundantly irrigated. This plant is deer and rabbit resistant and is hardy from USDA Zones 4-9. It reaches a height of 1-2’ with a 2’ spread.
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