Japanese Forest Grass
Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'
Mature Height: 12 to 24 inches
Mature Spread: 24 to 30 inches
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Also known as Hakone Grass or Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola', this grass looks outstanding in the shade garden. The blades of this ornamental grow in arching tufts that create a waterfall of sharp blades adding complement the larger leaves and forms of hydrangea, hosta, or helleborus. Forest grass creates a cascades of color that will seem to run down hillsides and across garden beds. It draws the eye naturally and creates a feeling of tranquility. Along side hardscaping such as patios is creates a soft border easily breaking up, spilling over and complimenting hard lines. In a soft breeze Forest Grass generates a gentle rustling sound that adds additional sensory elements to the garden.
Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' emerges in mid-spring with variegated chartreuse and green blades that arch toward the ground as they grow. As fall approaches hints of muted oranges and reds creep into the bright colored foliage and small seed heads emerge. In norther climates the grass will die back to the ground, but in southern climates it may persist all year.
|Bloom Color:||Tiny tassels of seed|
|Bloom Period:||Late summer into winter|
|Genus & Species:||Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'|
|Mature Height:||12 to 24 inches|
|Mature Spread:||24 to 30 inches|
|Plant Spacing:||20 inches or more|
|Planting Depth:||Crown even with the soil|
|Planting Time:||Spring or Fall Planting|
|Soil Type:||Well drained soil with consistent moisture|
|Sun Exposure:||Part shade to full shade|
|Zone:||5 to 8|
General care for any tree or shrub is easy, but like any living thing will require your attention. Please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.
Japanese Forest Grass
Though they can tolerate shade, plants will perform best in full sun with well-drained soil. With six hours or more of sun and afternoon shade, you will see the best qualities of this grass on display. If you live in areas where winter weather is regularly below freezing we recommend trimming back the grass almost to the base of the plant before early spring. In warmer areas they will remain evergreen. If you reach the point where your Festuca needs divided it is best to do so early in the spring so the new plants have time to root before the weather turns cold.