About this cultivar:
Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldschleier' resembles its namesake -Goldschleier means gold veil in German; it is a great plant to look through at other plants and the rest of the garden. It has a long season of interest. Golden flower spikes appear above dark foliage from June to August with the seed heads remaining attractive into winter. It appears to change colour depending on the light - shimmering like a gold veil! The flower heads also make an attractive addition to cut-flower arrangements.
- Position: Full sun, partial shade
- Soil: Almost any soil, grows well in Ballyrobert
- Flowers: June, July, August
- Other features: Grows well in Ballyrobert, Cut Flowers or Dried Flowers
- Hardiness: Fully hardy - grows well in Ballyrobert!
- Habit: Bushy, clump forming
- Foliage: Evergreen
- Height: 60 - 90 cm (2 - 3 ft)
- Spread: 60 - 90 cm (2 - 3 ft)
- Time to full growth: 2 to 5 years
- Plant type: Herbaceous Perennial, Grass like
- Colour: Green, yellow
- Goes well with: Astrantia, Kniphofia, Achillea, Salvia, Iris, Papaver, Acanthus
About this genus:
Deschampsia is a genus of grasses in the true-grass family (Poaceae), commonly known as hair grass or tussock grass. There are 30 to 40 species, many of which are native to Britain and Ireland. The genus is named for French physician and naturalist Louis Auguste Deschamps, 1765-1842.
They have a reputation of being able to grow anywhere ; a Deschampsia species is one of only two flowering plants in Antarctica and some Deschampsia even grow in the boggy acidic formations of Portlethen Moss in Scotland. Unfortunately for nursery-men Deschampsia also have a reputation of seeding everywhere and becoming a garden pest; which is not true for many of the cultivars (thank you plant-breeders!). Some of the better cultivars look fantastic in our garden and it sometimes makes you wonder why so many 'prairie-style' gardens are using American natives when Deschampsia looks and performs better over here!
Where will they grow? Anywhere (even the Antarctic remember!) - but not full shade.
What they pair well with? Anything really. We love it with Astrantia, Kniphofia, Achillea, Salvia, Iris, Papaver, Acanthus and so on. Forms a great back drop/canvas as well as a foreground/veil.