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Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola’ (Golden Japanese forest grass)

Hakonechloa macra  'Aureola’ Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola’ hak-on-eh-KLO-ah MAK-rah Common Name: Golden Japanese forest grass 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.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Characteristics Showy Foliage
Foliage Color Variegated Foliage
Flower Color Green Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Waterside
Style Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Grasses

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