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Dechampsia cespitosa is is distributed broadly including Russia, China, Japan, Korea, Arctic Europe and North America. The plant is found in moist meadows, river sand and gravel, among scrub, coastal prairies and other habitats.

With a common name of Tufted hairgrass, this perennial is densely tufted and can reach a height of one meter. Some Native American tribes utilized seeds from this species as a food source.


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