Hakonechloa macra Aureola
“Aureola” has Bright Yellow foliage with slender green stripes. 12 inches high she forms a gracefull mound. Zone 6 hardiness
“All Gold” is a slightly hardier variety, to zone 6. Now she is solid gold with narrow blades. She mounds to 12 – 18 inches high.
Invoking a feeling of movement with their gracefully long narrow leaves planting it in a shady spot is like adding a bright colored fountain. Common name is Japanese forest grass. The ladies come from Hakone an area west of Tokyo Japan. There’s a story of the lehpricon division of gnomes being tricked by the Japanese division. The Japanese gnomes planted “All Gold” in a choice path leading the lephricon gnomes far away from the Japanese forest. So plant “All Gold” and see what gnome visits your garden.
We grow them in 21 size cells. Hakonechloa was the perennial plant of the year in 1990 ”Perennials chosen are suitable for a wide range of growing climates, require low maintenance, have multiple-season interest, and are relatively pest/disease-free.”
The Hakonechloa respond well to rich some what acid soil. It’s worth the time to amend soil to raise the richness for these gems. They do well massed or singly in the border, and they love mixed containers. Keep the roots cool and don’t cut back in the fall. To mulch in the garden use pine needles if you can get them. Hakonechloa may take time to become established but the rewards are stunning.