Deschampsia cespitosa Northern Lights

Tufted Hair Grass, Tussock Grass

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Like the Aurora Borealis, a multitude of shimmering colors are unveiled on this ornamental grass. Slender, slightly arching blades of green, cream, and gold tipped in pink mature to golden tones. The show continues in early summer with airy clouds of flowing panicles rising above the grassy tuft in gold, silver, purple and green hues. Stunning.

Deschampsia is beautiful planted in mass. The blooms produce a delicate airy mass of subtle colors. The common name Tufted Hair Grass perfectly describes the hair-like blades which grow in neatly rounded mounds.


Type: Perennials, Grasses
Height: Short 16" (3' in flower)
Spacing: Plant 24" apart
Bloom Time: Mid-Summer to Early Fall
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Half Sun / Half Shade
Zones: 5-9   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Acidic, Clay, Normal, Sandy
Flower: Not Applicable
Accent: Not Applicable
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Deer Resistant
  • OK in Containers
  • Wet Site Tolerant
  • Winter Interest

Deschampsia General Information

Deschampsia cespitosa is a clump-forming, cool season grass that grows well in part shade and prefers moist soils. Cool season grasses tend to have most growth in spring before temperatures begin exceeding 75 degrees and again in the fall when temperatures cool down. Maintains nice color throughout the summer.

Deschampsia Plant Care

Leave foliage in place until spring. When snow is gone, cut back before new shoots appear. Leave about 1/3 of the plant in place. May be transplanted in spring or fall, but early spring is the best time to divide.