• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Spreading, clumping habit slowly reaches 18 in. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:hah-koh-neh-KLOH-ah MAK-ruh
    Sunset climate zones:2 - 9, 14 - 24
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Spreading, clumping habit slowly reaches 18 in. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Yellow
    Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
    Flower color:Green
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
    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.
    Companion PlantsHimalayan Birch (Betula utilis); Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla); Hosta (Hosta); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Grecian Pattern Plant (Acanthus mollis)
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.Pruning time: late winter to early spring; divide every 2 to 3 years in spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
  • History & Lore
    Golden Japanese Forest Grass is native to Honshu Island, Japan.


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