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PlantFiles: Tufted Hair Grass, Hair Grass, Hassock Grass, Tussock Grass
Deschampsia caespitosa 'Northern Lights'

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Deschampsia (deh-SHAMP-see-uh) (Info)
Species: caespitosa (kess-pi-TOH-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Northern Lights

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Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive caroling On Jul 15, 2008, caroling from Albany, OR wrote:

My grass receives about 3 hours of mid-day sun. The soil gets quite dry between waterings in the summer, but the grass looks great. In winter, the Willamette Valley is cloudy and very rainy, with temperatures down into the 20's, yet this grass continues to look great. The stalks stay very upright and tidy. A wonderful all-season plant. I highly recommend it!

Positive jeanetteii On Jun 6, 2008, jeanetteii from Littleton, CO (Zone 5a) wrote:

I got a sad-looking specimen for cheap last fall from a nursery's "clearance" table. We planted this grass on the northwest edge of several aspen trees, so it is definitely in part shade. However, the sun is pretty bright here in northern Colorado. This plant is doing splendidly and we just love it. It started growing quite early this season compared to other plants, and now it is about 2 feet tall. We plan to grow more.

Neutral Connie_G On Apr 23, 2008, Connie_G from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I just bought one of these tufts of grass from Lowe's...our BB garden center / home supply store in Texas for 7. I've never seen it offered here before. My plant stick says "PART SUN--Morning Sun Only" and the PlantFiles says FULL sun. I guess it depends on the Zone, and our Texas August sun would probably damage it. I'll try to update as it grows (or doesn't).
Lowe's has a 1 year just has to save the receipt, so it was an easy decision to's incredible looking with all the color variation in one tuft!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Jose, California
Littleton, Colorado
Bolingbrook, Illinois
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Albany, Oregon
Renton, Washington

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