Hakone Grass, Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra)-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Ornamental Grass

Hakone Grass, Japanese Forest Grass
Hakonechloa macra

Hakone Grass <em>Hakonechloa macra</em>
Hakone Grass Hakonechloa macra

Graceful low spreading grass with chartruse to green foliage. Resembles bamboo. Useful groundcover or container plant. Turns copper orange in the fall.

This is a spreading (slow) warm season grass.

Prefers a high organic, moist soil in a partial shade site. Good drainage is important. Full sun tends to burn foliage. 

'Aureola' 18-24" variegated green and yellow foliage

'Albo Striata' 18-36" green and white striped foliage that is more sun tolerant

'All Gold' 12-14" golden yellow foliage good for the shade

Mature Height
18-24 Inches
USDA Hardiness Zone
4 - 8 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Partial Sun/Shade
Foliage Color
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Additional Notes
One of the better grasses for a shady site. Spreads by rhizomes and stolons but is not invasive. Takes a while to get established. May need a light winter mulch in colder climates.


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