Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'
Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'

Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'

SKU: F30051
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Common Name: Hakone Grass, Japanese Forest Grass
Hardiness Zone: 5-9S/W Exposure: Part Shade
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Blooms In: Aug
Mature Height: 12-18" Spacing: 12-15"
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: 1 PINT 28.86 CU IN.
Deer Resistance: Yes
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"Charming" is the only word for Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola', and it's one of the few Ornamental Grasses that thrive in partial shade. The leaves of this Japanese Forest Grass grow long and tapering, each bright yellow blade lined in lime green. The leaves wave gracefully in the slightest breeze, but the arching flow also gives a sense of movement. Use in a container, in a rock garden, or as a showy ground cover in partial shade and evenly moist, slightly acid soil. The flowers are inconspicuous. Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' was awarded the Perennial Plant of the Year® by the Perennial Plant Association.

For information on the growing and care of Ornamental Grasses, click Growing Guide.


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Average Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (13 Reviews) Write a Review

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Winter interest in the shade!

Hakone grass fits my home's landscaping very well as we have a lot of partly shade and shady nooks. Nice to have a low growing grass that provides winter interest even in the shadier parts of a landscape.

Ordered twice. One batch in the spring and another in the fall. Spring grasses performed well and look like they will be even better in the second year. Grasses planted in the fall may have come too late and didn't get enough time to establish as none are showing signs of life this spring.

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Beautiful, Eyecatching Grass

I planted one of these little guys (which arrived healthy and very well packed!) under a large maple last spring. i didn't pay it much attention to it last summer and it didn't grow. I thought it died over the winter as there was a tuft of what looked like hay where the plant had been. Over the winter, the maple lost a bunch of lower limbs exposing the grass to full sun and I thought that would be the end of it. Lo' and behold in the spring little green and ivory striped shoots emerged through the hay. I took much better care this summer during the drought in Rhode Island, watering it every day and fertilizing it. It tripled in size from May through August. It is still a tuft, albeit larger in circumference, so I've yet to see the ground cover aspect of this lovely little grass. So pleased that I am thinking about getting three more to ring the tree.

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gorgeous, effortless, and an enthusiastic grower

I ordered this last year, and it grew easily into a lovely patch of grass in full sun. This year, it is ENORMOUS, which is a problem since I have to grow everything in containers. Am going to find out how to curb its enthusiasm, or spread it around!

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Gorgeous plant!

Gorgeous, but unfortunately needs to be planted in pots here and brought into garage in winter. Have lost a few and it’s heartbreaking.

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Good grass.

Planted this grass in 2014 in a shady spot as a filler.......well it is prettier than I imagined and it just keeps growing wider and asks very little of me. Even the rabbits don't bother it. I am going to order 2 more.

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Most varieties of ornamental grasses grow well in full sun and average garden soil. Keep their foliage for winter effect, cutting back all except the evergreen varieties (Festuca) before new growth emerges in the spring. Refresh Festucas by "raking" out the dried and dead leaves with gloved fingers.

Some species thrive in part shade, or even full shade, expanding the possibilities for Grasses in the garden. Hakonechloa is suitable in part shade, Sesleria in full sun to part shade, and Carex (Sedge) can thrive in full sun to full shade locations, depending on the variety. All need soil that stays evenly moist, although Sesleria can tolerate drier soils, and even drought.

Transplant and divide in spring. Grasses that spread by rhizomes ("run" ) can be invasive and should be divided every year or so. Grasses that grow in clumps die out in the center and need dividing every few years. 

Fertilize ornamental grasses in spring with a balanced fertilizer.  We don't recommend, however, fertilizing them their first spring to allow the roots enough time to settle in before having to support their very lush top growth. 

Ornamental Grasses appear to be quite deer-resistant. Evidently the sharp-edged leaves are unpalatable.

Grasses are at home in mixed borders of perennials, bulbs, and shrubs. Consider summer and fall-blooming perennials as companions: Achillea, Rudbeckia, Helenium, Asters, Monarda, Perovskia, Phlox, and Oriental Lilies. The large Miscanthus varieties work well in the back of a border, or even as single specimens. Because most grasses are sited in the middle or back of a border and are cut back in early spring, we like to plant spring-flowering bulbs around them for color early in the year. Daffodils, Tulips, and Alliums bloom while the Grasses provide little to look at. Then the Grasses and foreground perennials sprout and camouflage the bulbs' maturing foliage.



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