Monday, 18 April 2011

Deschampsia flexuosa Ornamental Grass

Deschampsia flexuosa near Canso, Nova Scotia
Deschampsia flexuosa is a Native P.E.I. Grass that I've been wanting to try for years now but never seemed to come across it at the right time to collect seed Until last summer when we were over near Canso, Nova Scotia we found it delightfully out in Seed!  Now I won't divulge the Exact location in case Whitehead is deluged with tourists next summer! (Sorry Kelly!)*Warning* Do not, repeat, Do not attempt this with bare feet in sandals!  The power company had covered the area with wood chips which we all know attract ANTS!  Yes, if anyone seen us running back to the car they would have had a Great Laugh! Oh yeah, and Hubby reminded me, you'll also need rubber boots to get across the ditch!

Crinkled hair grass
 Deschampsia cespitosa's common name is crinkled hair grass.  Densely tufted, with very fine-textured, typically medium green foliage less than 8 in. (20 cm.) tall it grows to 2 ft. (60 cm.) tall when flowering in early to mid summer.  As you can tell from the photos it is adapted to dry shade under pines and oaks and recommended for difficult dry spots.  In a terrific book we have ;"Native Ferns Moss & Grasses', the author; William Cullina, describes the seeds as floating weightless above the excessively narrow, 6-inch leaves like a swarm of buff-colored insects caught hovering in the waning afternoon sun. (I feel a New Favorite coming on)  The flowers can be cut and dried for arranging.  Hope the seed germinate and we can try it in the meadow!

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