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Golden Japanese Forest Grass

Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'

SKU
03868
A graceful, colorful groundcover for shaded borders and container gardens. Slender stems holding bright yellow leaves with thin green stripes create a tiny bamboo-like effect. Foliage becomes pink-tinged as the weather cools in autumn. Naturalizes well; clumps spread gently. 2009 Perennial Plant of the Year. An herbaceous perennial.
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Botanical Pronunciationhah-koh-neh-KLOH-ah MAK-ruh
Average Size at MaturitySpreading, clumping habit slowly reaches 18 in. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Design IdeasThis vigorous broad-leafed grass behaves a lot like a dwarf Bamboo without the spreading problem. It's a ray of sunshine in shaded or dark-colored gardens. The golden grass-like leaves will brighten partly-shaded or dark-colored gardens. A great accent beside water gardens or at the base of arbor posts. An excellent Asian-garden plant.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower ColorGreen
Foliage ColorYellow
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Edging, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsKeep soil moist, but not soggy.
Companion PlantsHimalayan Birch (Betula utilis); Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla); Hosta (Hosta); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Grecian Pattern Plant (Acanthus mollis)

Thrives in cool summer climates with humus-rich, evenly moist, well-drained soil. Mulch to conserve moisture and keep roots cool in summer, and to protect root zone in cold winter areas. Best foliage color in brighter exposures, but needs protection from harsh sun in hot summer regions. Prune old foliage before new leaves emerge in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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