Deschampsia cespitosa 'Northern Lights' - Variegated Tufted Hair Grass - Photo courtesy of Sean James Consulting & Design

Variegated Tufted Hair Grass

Deschampsia cespitosa 'Northern Lights'

  • Mounding semi-evergreen clump of variegated blades turning light brown in the fall
  • Variegation includes creamy-white and green, but leaves emerge with a pink blush
  • Under certain circumstances, the pink undertones may become overtones
  • Bloom Time: Early to late summer
  • Flower Height: 60 cm, but rarely flowers
  • Foliage Height: 30 cm
  • Grass Type: Cool Season



25-30 cm

40-50 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Grows best in a moist to average soil, in full sun to partial shade. Variegation more pronounced in the sun but does not like heat. Leaving foliage adds winter interest, but prune in late winter to make way for new growth. 

Additional Notes about Variegated Tufted Hair Grass:

Cool Season Grasses: These grasses do the majority of their growing in early spring and continue when temperatures start to cool in the fall. During the warmer summer months, they stop growing and some will even go dormant. Cool season grasses flower in the spring or early summer. Most cool season grasses grow best in a consistently moist soil.