Chapter 3. Common Native Grasses of the Northern Midwest
Cool season; Perennial
Characteristics: 3–4’; mound; foliage dark green; flowers beige
Growing Conditions: average to wet soils; sun to shade; hardy zones 3–9
This mound-forming grass requires moisture to establish. It is semi-evergreen, and one of the first grasses to grow in the spring. Foliage may show rust, but it is not fatal.
- ‘Bronzeschleier’: bronze veil hairgrass, flowers are darker, more bronze colored.
- ‘Goldstaub’: gold dust hairgrass, shorter, only 1–2’, beautiful mound habit.
- ‘Schottland’: Scotland hairgrass, yellow flowers, 2–3’, most common nativar.
No records of Lepidoptera feeding on tufted hairgrass were found in the literature, but further research into Lepidoptera larval habits may discover associations in the future.
A cultivar of a native plant.
The order that includes butterflies and moths.