Tufted hair grass

Deschampsia cespitosa 'Northern Lights'

Photo/Illustration: 
Colleen Fitzpatrick
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Tufted hair grass (Deschampsia cespitosa 'Northern Lights')
des-KAMP-see-ah sess-pih-TOE-sah
Genus:  Deschampsia

A tuft of thin grassy foliage with gray and gold variegation distinguishes this cultivar. Early summer brings 3-foot-tall, airy plumes of tiny flowers that look beautiful when backlit by the sun. As fall approaches, the foliage turns golden with pink-coral tips. This grass even grows well in shadier sites. Plant in a border, woodland garden, or shaded rock garden.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Noteworthy for its foliage and form. Grows well in shade.

Care: 

Prefers moist soil and shade from afternoon sun.

Propagation: 

Divide in late spring.

Problems: 

Rust is possible in wet seasons.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium to Wet
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Beneficial Bugs,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Hazelnut
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Cut Flower,
Ground Covers
Style
Rock Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Frost Tolerant
Type
Grasses

Deschampsia cespitosa 'Northern Lights'