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Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold' - Japanese Forest Grass (photo credit: Growing Colors)

Ornamental Grasses

Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold'

Japanese Forest Grass

Hakonechloa macra is a rhizomatous, shade-loving, deciduous perennial grass that is arching and forms dense, spreading, cascading mounds. Leaves have a papery texture. 'All Gold' is a more compact cultivar featuring bright golden yellow leaves. It typically grows to 14" tall and will spread over time to 18" wide. Yellow-green flowers bloom in loose, nodding panicles in mid to late summer. Flowers have a delicate beauty on close inspection, but are not particularly showy from a distance. 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 'All Gold'

Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Mass Planting
Salt Tolerant
Focal Point
Great Foliage
Border or Bed
Foliage Color
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Plantain Lily Plantain Lily (Hosta 'Brother Stefan')
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Plantain Lily Plantain Lily (Hosta 'Spartacus')
Coral Bells Coral Bells (Heuchera 'Black Taffeta')
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