Herb: Tussock Grass
Latin name: Deschampsia caespitosa
Synonyms: Aira caespitosa
Family: Gramineae (Grass Family)
Edible parts of Tussock Grass:Seed. No further details are given, though it is likely that the seed was ground into a flour and used as a cereal. However, the seed is quite small and its use would be rather fiddly.
Description of the plant:
(3 1/4 foot)
Habitat of the herb:Damp woods and meadows, usually on badly drained clay soils.
Other uses of Tussock Grass:Plants form impenetrably dense clumps and when planted close together in drifts make an excellent ground cover.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - sow in situ in spring or autumn. Only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 3 weeks at 13°C. If seed is in short supply it can be sown in a cold frame in spring, pricked out into individual pots as soon as it is large enough to handle and planted out in early summer.
Cultivation of Tussock Grass:Damp woods and meadows, usually on badly drained clay soils.
Medicinal use of the herb:None known
Known hazards of Deschampsia caespitosa:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.