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Plant of the Week: Northern Lights

Northern lights tuft hair grass Deschampsia cespitosa 'Northern Lights' Zone 4-9 Variegated grass that "blushes" pink as the temperature drops (early spring and fall). Plant in filtered sun and water regularly for best growth. Grows best in evenly moist soil. A moderate grower that can reach 12" tall and wide. This ornamental grass tends to clump so it’s a good idea to divide clumps every few years. Cut back to 1/3 the height in late winter/early spring. Fun fact: this grass is also known as tussock grass. During Medieval times it was common for people to uproot a couple of grasses and bring them to church with them to be used as kneelers.


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