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Northern Lights Tufted Hairgrass
Deschampsia caespitosa

  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 8 - 14 Inches
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Northern Lights Tufted Hairgrass Deschampsia caespitosa
Part Sun to Sun 8 - 14

Features

Creamy white variegation; leaves turn pink in cold weather

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Foliage Interest
Grass: 
Grass

Characteristics

Duration: 
Perennial
Garden Height: 
8 - 14 Inches
Spacing: 
8 - 10 Inches
Flower Shade: 
None
Foliage Shade: 
Variegated
Habit: 
Upright
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Bloom Time: 
Grown for Foliage
Hardy Temperature: 
-30°F
Hardiness Zones: 
4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
Water Category: 
Average
Uses: 
Grass
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses: 
Container
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, this happened to a couple of my coral bells last winter.

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

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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