Need info on Northern Lights

highalttransplant(z 5 Western CO)August 23, 2006

I recently saw Northern Lights on a mail order website, and think it would be perfect in the small beds on either side of my walkway. Has anyone used it before? I love the color and can't find anything like it at the local nurseries, so should I order it online? Also, is this a cool season grass, or do I need to wait until spring to plant it?

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If you mean Deschampsia caespitosa 'Northern Lights,' it's a cool season grass, but I'd get it installed as soon as possible in your zone, so it can establish itself before your frigid winter hits. I don't grow this cultivar, but I grow the species, and it's a wonderful grass.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2006 at 4:22PM
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achnatherum(z4or3 Ontario)

Has anyone else had a problem with this one reverting to all green leaves. I had four plants and they have all turned 100 % green. Still a nice little plant but .....


    Bookmark   August 23, 2006 at 10:30PM
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jondmvn(z8 WA)

yes, they revert often, and all of mine got rust real bad... out they went.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2006 at 12:13AM
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highalttransplant(z 5 Western CO)

Well, I ordered three of them yesterday so I guess I will just have to see if they retain their beautiful coloring. What is "rust"?

    Bookmark   August 24, 2006 at 3:09PM
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Rust is a catch-all common name for a wide variety of foliar fungal diseases which affect ornamental grasses and many other plants.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2006 at 4:01PM
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