Deschampsia cespitosa 'Northern Lights'

Northern Lights Tufted Hair Grass

Deciduous, Semi-evergreen Grass / Grass-Like, Perennial

Great for containers, but also nice massed as an edging plant along a path or in front of the bed. Valued for its variegated, semi-evergreen foliage infused with pink, most prominently in spring. In summer, a froth of airy blooms results in an entirely different look. Watch for reverting foliage that is plain green and remove, all the way to the roots to prevent it from overwhelming the variegated foliage.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun

Water Needs: Average


Size: 12 - 30 tall x 12 - 24 wide
Shape / Form: Clumping
Foliage Texture: Fine
Foliage Quality: Fine

Features: Attracts Birds, Dwarf / Compact Plant, Attractive Foliage, Low Maintenance

Flower Color: Ivory / Cream
Bloom Season: Jul, Summer
Flower Shape: Panicle

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Beds and Borders, Container, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border
Special Situations: Courtyard / Urban Garden, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Wildlife: Birds

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Pleasing Seasonal Changes
Plant Behavior: Clumping

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plant Combos