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Northern Lights Tufted Hairgrass Deschampsia caespitosa

Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
36" 12"
Height
12 - 36"
Spread
12"
  • Details

    Features

    Creamy white variegation; leaves turn pink in cold weather

    Award Winner
    Foliage Interest
    Grass: 
    Grass

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Perennial
    Height Category: 
    Short
    Garden Height: 
    12 - 36 Inches
    Spacing: 
    8 - 10 Inches
    Spread: 
    12 Inches
    Flower Shade: 
    None
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Variegated
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Bloom Time: 
    Grown for Foliage
    Hardiness Zones: 
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Grass
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses Notes: 

    Good in perennial or rock gardens

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Northern Lights is a cool-season grass. Cool-season grasses put on most of their growth in spring before temperatures begin exceeding 75 degrees Fahrenheit and in the fall when temperatures cool down. They generally maintain good color through the summer but won't grow much when it is hot.
    Cut back cool season grasses in very early spring.

    Cool season grasses tend to look good even as the weather cools. Leave their foliage in place until spring and then as soon as the snow is gone cut them back. Leave about 1/3 of the plant in place. Trimming cool season grasses too harshly can irreparably harm the plant.

    Divide cool season grasses in spring or early fall. Cool season grasses are actively growing in spring and fall. These grasses can be transplanted at either time of the year but early spring is probably the best time to divide. If you do divide them in the fall, be careful that the freeze/thaw cycles of winter don't heave the plants out of the ground.

    Cut clumps of grass to the ground in late winter before new shoots appear.

  • 3 Reviews

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    • Total failures. Rotted apart immediately, wondered if it was just the leaves dying back but the roots were no good either. Usually get great stock from proven winners, but these were a waste.

      Mel
      , United States
      , 38 weeks ago
    • This is a fantastic small grass for brightening a shady spot. Variegated with rose tinges. Tidy and neat.

      Kwheat
      , California
      , United States
      , 9 years ago
    • Beautiful in the garden during the summer and fall. Over winter it reverted to green. Tried again the next year. Reverted to green again.

      Carol
      , Oregon
      , United States
      , 9 years ago
  • 3 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2009 Leader of the Pack - Early Season North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2009 Leader of the Pack - Early Season North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2009 Leader of the Pack - Early Season North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
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