Plant memories: Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldtau’ and Cat-Merlyn

This is Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldtau’, also known as ‘Grass-Merlyn’.

The grass is still looking green now, but in late summer it will turn golden, hence it’s specific name is Goldtau

Merlyn was our previous cat, a wonderful cheeky bugger who has a penchant for eating my ornamental grasses, and this one in particular. When he sadly died, it seemed fitting to bury him with this grass.

The ‘Grass-Merlyn’ is a take on a friend who used to tell his child who loved our cat, stories of ‘The Adventures of Cat-Merlyn’. So Cat-Merlyn was a nickname, and therefore he, resting with his favourite plant to chew on, he became Grass-Merlyn.

The plant was looking so good with it’s new flowers this morning. It made me happy that I have this very special memory of a most wonderful cat companion.

Cat-Merlyn, who decided to have a snooze mid-harvest. Coz cat.

4 thoughts on “Plant memories: Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldtau’ and Cat-Merlyn”

  1. Is this grass safe for cats? One of my kittens loves it and has a nibble nearby every day.
    She also occasionally nibbles the cat grass I grow for her 😁
    Tonight she threw up quite a bit and seems off her food…

    • I’ve had two cats now that have chewed on this specific ornamental grass Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldtau’, with no problems, and both of them have been fine with it. But I should add that I’m not an expert/vet!


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