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DESCHAMPSIA cespitosa 'Northern Lights'

Image of Deschampsia cespitosa 'Northern Lights'

James H. Schutte

Family

Poaceae

Botanical Name

DESCHAMPSIA cespitosa 'Northern Lights'

Plant Common Name

Northern Lights Tufted Hair Grass, Tufted Hair Grass

General Description

Native to temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere, tufted hairgrass is a clump-forming cool-season grass. The leaf blades of the cultivar 'Northern Lights' are creamy yellow with a green mid-stripe. They assume a pinkish tinge in cool weather. In summer, beautiful silver airy inflorescences hover hazily over the plant, before turning gold and purple in autumn. This cultivar may not flower in some situations.

Tufted hairgrass prefers some shade and requires moist, cool, well-drained soil. Plant in groups or singly in the woodland, wildflower, or mixed border. The flowers are nice in fresh or dried arrangements.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Grass

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    1'-4' / 0.3m - 1.2m

  • Width

    4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Fall

  • Native To

    North America, Europe, Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site, Salt, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Silver

  • Fruit Color

    Purple, Gold, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow, Green, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Yellow, Green, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Green, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gold, Tan

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Dried Flower / Everlasting, Container, Cutflower, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes