This is a fantastic small grass for brightening a shady spot. Variegated with rose tinges. Tidy and neat.
Northern Lights Tufted Hairgrass Deschampsia caespitosa
- 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).
Creamy white variegation; leaves turn pink in cold weatherAward WinnerFoliage InterestGrass:Grass
CharacteristicsPlant Type:PerennialHeight Category:ShortGarden Height:12 - 36 InchesSpacing:8 - 10 InchesSpread:12 InchesFlower Shade:NoneFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:VariegatedHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunMaintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Grown for FoliageHardiness Zones:4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10bWater Category:AverageUses:ContainerUses:GrassUses:LandscapeUses Notes:
Good in perennial or rock gardensMaintenance 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.
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Kwheat, California, United States, 10 years ago
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