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Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' - Japanese Forest Grass (photo credit: Missouri Botanical Gardens)

Ornamental Grasses

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. ‘Aureola’ is a golden-striped form of Hakone grass and features gracefully arching green leaves variegated with gold 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.

Height:

12-18 in

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Spread:

12-18 in

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Hardiness Zone:

5 - 9

Characteristics & Attributes for Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'

Exposure
Partial Shade
Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Summer
Fall
Attributes
Rock Garden
Container
Specimen
Focal Point
Great Foliage
Mass Planting
Border or Bed
Foliage Color
Gold
Green
Variegated
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