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Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'

Common Name:
Japanese forest grass
Plant Type:
Poaceae (The Grass Family)
Geographic Origin:
Japan and East Asia
California Native?:
Plant Size:
18 inches
Landscape/Garden Uses:
shade gardens
Flowering Season:
Summer and fall
Flower Color:
Not applicable
Light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Regular to moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less
Hakonechloa macra is an elegant and colorful grass, particularly suited to our coastal climate. It spreads slowly, making compact clumps with slender, drooping leafy stems 12-18 inches tall. Thin-textured, ribbon-like leaves are predominantly yellow striped with green and pinkish red in this selection. Tiny flower spikelets are borne in summer and fall, in attractive airy clusters. Sun, or shade near the coast, part shade inland, reasonably well drained soil, regular to moderate watering.