Golden Japanese forest grass

Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola’

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Golden Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola’)
hak-on-eh-KLO-ah MAK-rah
Genus:  Hakonechloa
Brightly variegated golden foliage with green stripes near the leaf margins give this Japanese forest grass its distinctive look. Too much shade can cause the golden portion to fade to lime green. This slow-growing may not reach a mature size for three years, but it is definitely worth the wait. -Matt Griswold, Regional Picks: Northeast, Fine Gardening issue #127
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Foliage tends to be mostly golden when grown in sun, with a sharp contrast between green and yellow if grown in shade. Use it to line pathways or waterways, or plant under trees and shrubs.
Care:  Prefers uniformly moist, humus-rich soils and partial shade.
Propagation:  Divide in spring.
Problems:  Infrequent.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Flower Color
Green Flower
Foliage Color
Variegated Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Waterside
Style
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Grasses

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