• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Moderate growing less than 1 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Summer
  • Detail
    Plant type:Ornamental Grass
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing less than 1 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Green
    Garden styleRustic
    Design IdeasThis little grass is perfect for diminutive perennials of same stature for a lovely low patchwork of color in beds and borders. Small enough to be a super textural accent in container gardens of mixed foliage and flowers. Naturalistic grasses are perfect for a dry stream bed or in rock gardens poking out between outcroppings. In the modern garden they are excellent for geometric, perfectly spaced grids or in dense lines along pavement edge. Use to create open space in native or habitat gardens needing meadow-like setting that's walkable.
    Companion PlantsShort stature perennials in scale with this hair grass are Pewter Moon Coral Bells, (Heuchera x 'Pewter Moon'), Alice Haslam Aster, (Aster novi-belgii 'Alice Haslam'), Otto Quast Spanish Lavender, (Lavandula stoechas 'Otto Quast'), Haeumanarc Sage, (Salvia nemorosa 'Haeumanarc') and Creme Brulee Tickseed, (Coreopsis 'Creme Brulee'). Also quite striking with Fox Red Curly Sedge, (Carex buchananii) and Marleen Coralberry, (Symphoricarpos x doorenbosii 'Ariso')
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in evenly moist, slightly acidic soil. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep extensive root system. In northern climates, mulch to protect in winter; leave foliage in place. Prune by 2/3 in spring. May be divided in spring or early fall.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Northern Lights was discovered in a seed flat by Harlan Hamernick's Bluebird Nursery of Clarkson Nebraska. It was named by Steve Schmidt of Oregon. It is derived from a grass species of wide distribution in temperate zones of Europe, Asia and North America. With such a vast range there is considerable variation within the species to produce such a short variety. It prefers moist habitat such as bogs, fens and wet meadows.
    Lore:
    This plant is also known as tussock grass. It was an old Medieval practice to uproot a couple of these grasses known as "tussocks" to bring into cold English churches to provide soft kneelers and insulate the knees from the frozen stone floors.