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Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' - Japanese Forest Grass at the Missouri Botanical Gardens
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Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'

Japanese Forest Grass

Hakonechloa macra is a rhizomatous, shade-loving, deciduous perennial grass that is arching and forms dense, spreading, cascading mounds to 12-15" tall and to 24" wide. Leaves have a papery texture resembling the leaves of some types of bamboo. ‘Aureola’ is a golden-striped form of Hakone grass and features gracefully arching green leaves variegated with gold longitudinal striping. Yellow-green flowers appear in loose, nodding panicles in mid-summer. Plant where it will cascade over rocks, over walls, and at the front of the shade garden!

Japanese Forest Grass Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Best grown in consistently moist, well-drained soils in part shade. Tolerates close to full shade, particularly in the hot summer climates of the deep South. Best growth occurs in climates with cool summer temperatures. Plant foliage will burn in full sun locations. Plant foliage will lose color intensity in full shade. Clumps spread by rhizomes, but are not considered to be invasive. Mulch in winter. Trim foliage to the ground in late winter to early spring before the new shoots emerge.


12-18 in



12-18 in


Hardiness Zone:

5 - 9

Characteristics & Attributes for Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'

Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Focal Point
Great Foliage
Mass Planting
Border or Bed
Rock Garden
Great Companion Plants for Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'
Foamflower Foamflower (Tiarella 'Candy Striper')
Coral Bells Coral Bells (Heuchera 'Forever Purple')
Coral Bells Coral Bells (Heuchera 'Champagne')
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