Ornamental Grass: Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'
Ornamental Grass: Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'

Ornamental Grass: Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'

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Quick Facts
Common Name: Hakone Grass, Japanese Forest Grass
Hardiness Zone: 5-9S/W Exposure: Part Shade
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Blooms In: Aug
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 this Japanese species, and it's one of the few Grasses that thrive in partial shade. The leaves grow long and tapering, their background cream, the edges a delicious green suffused with bronze. They wave gracefully in the slightest breeze, but the arching flow of the leaves 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 chosen as the Perennial Plant of the Year® for 2009 by the Perennial Plant Association.

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


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Excellent color for shade!

Jeff from Vernon Hills, IL

Last spring I asked a landscape designer for ideas for a spot under a great big Sugar Maple. My only stipulation was NO GRASSES. He ignored that and asked me to try 'Aureola', and we LOVE IT! We are going to buy more for our shady side-yard this spring. Wonderful short, compact grass that spills over into the walkway and brings a great yellow-green to a shady front porch!

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Great accent grass

Keith the hosta lover from Pinckney,MI

I use it in a corner it transitions between a Rhodendron and a bird bath area back dropped with columnar yews and Eastern Hemlock. It has been in the same spot for 15 years with no matainence. I live in Michigan in Zone 5. This clump gets morning sun but is in dappled shade from noon on.

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Not up to expectations

Jim from Poughkeepsie, NY

I have planted 3 of these in my yard under maple trees in somewhat poor soil. After 2 years the plant is still struggling to establish itself and has not lived up to expectations. It has been completely deer proof - but that's hard to notice when it is barely noticeable. It looks nice, it just hasn't taken off at all.

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Brilliant color

soyboy from North Branford CT

Bought a few clumps of this stuff a few years back. It has spread nicely in a partly shaded area on the south side of my house ( I have a mixture of deciduos trees and evergreens that provide a mixture of sun and shade and I have sandy well drained soil. Really a standout during the summer months and does give some interesting color until heavy fall frost or about November in southern CT. No winter interest but still a great plant. Remember to trim it to the ground in late winter or early spring so the new foliage will look nice. I use a manual hedge shear to make quick work of it and just quickly rake it up.

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Graceful and

mapgirl from Rochester

I planted two of these in a garden that receives approx. 5 hours of full sun in the morning and then dappled sun in the afternoon. They must be happy where they are because they have doubled in size in the first year. I have them planted in front of two large boulders in my garden and the graceful drape of the leaves stand out against the hard edges of the rocks. Highly recommend if you're looking for something different!

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Growing guide

Growing guide

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.

Two varieties thrive in part or even full shade, expanding the possibilities for Grasses in the garden. Hakonechloa is suitable in part shade and Carex (Sedge) thrives in part to full shade. Both need soil that stays evenly moist. 

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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