Genus: Japanese forest grass

Hakonechloa

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa)
hak-on-eh-KLO-ah
Poaceae
Hakonechloa macra is the only member of this genus. It is a grass from areas around Mt. Hakone in Japan (hence the name) and it is grown for its elegant clump of leaves that complement a woodland, rock garden, border, waterside, or containers. Cultivars have variegated or golden leaves.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Smooth, cascading leaves and loose, pendent clusters of flowers.
Care:  Grow in full sun or partial shade and fertile, moist but well-drained soil that is organically rich. Site variegated cultivars in partial shade for best color.
Propagation: 

By division in spring.

Problems: 

Infrequent.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Hakonechloa

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Golden Japanese forest grass
Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola’
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‘Nicolas’ Japanese forest grass
Hakonechloa macra ‘Nicholas’