Northern Lights Tufted Hair Grass
Deschampsia cespitosa 'Northern Lights'
Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
|Botanical Pronunciation||deh-SHAMP-see-uh kess-pi-TOH-suh|
|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.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Moderate growing; reaches only 12 in. tall and wide.|
|Design Ideas||This 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.|
|Landscape Use||Erosion Control, Green Roof, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Water Garden, Coastal Exposure, Ground Cover|
|Light Needs||Filtered sun|
|Soil Needs||All-Purpose Plant Food|
|Special Feature||Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils, Bird Friendly|
|Watering Needs||Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.|
|Key Feature||Small Accent Grass|
Thrives in evenly moist, slightly acidic soil. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. In colder northern regions, apply a thick layer of mulch to protect root zone in winter. Leave foliage in place until early spring, then prune by two-thirds in spring. May be divided in spring or early fall.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 4 - 9