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Hakonechloa

Hakonechloa

These graceful members of the Poaceae family are named after Hakone, a region of Japan where they can be found growing wild in shady areas with humus-rich soil. 

A study in urbane simplicity, this vivid green grass fashions plush mounds of flowing bamboo-like foliage. Hakonechloa macra has often been overlooked, though its faster growing habit has a lot to offer, withstanding more sun, drought and cold than the variegated Hakones. Solidly colored blades offset striped, gold, bronze or broad-leafed plants to great effect, or meld with Buxus ‘Blauer Heinz’ for a meditative green-on-green composition.

Size: 12" – 3' 0" high x 12" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Hakonechloa macra</i> ‘Albo Striata’

Always a celebrated cultivar, this Japanese forest grass is more sun tolerant than the golden form. The pendulous green foliage is adorned with irregular thick and thin creamy-white stripes. Preferring dappled light, ‘Albo-Striata’ will brighten your days whether planted in the rock garden or a container, along pathways or beneath a dwarf Maple.

Size: 12" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

<i>Hakonechloa macra</i> ‘All Gold’

Gleaming with the clearest gilded shades imaginable, ‘All Gold’s broad foliar ribbons are surely the envy of King Midas! This slightly more upright Hakonechloa possesses the characteristic fluid ease of our other cultivars, and when set amid Astrantia ‘Moulin Rouge’, its radiant, fountain-like blades convey a dazzling vitality in any shady nook.

Size: 18" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

<i>Hakonechloa macra</i> ‘Aureola’

This dwarf cool season grass is lush and courtly. Cascading, satin-like foliage is broad and variegated with cream, chartreuse and green, illuminating dark garden corners and softening hard features. Appreciative of moist well-drained soil, ‘Aureola’ makes a choice specimen or slow spreading ground cover. We especially enjoy it in Japanese gardens as well as under the ambient light of Corylopsis pauciflora.

Size: 15" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

<i>Hakonechloa macra</i> ‘Beni-kaze’

With the same pendent elegance as its relatives, ‘Beni-kaze’ entertains brilliant red fall color. A verdant mound of draped loosely arranged blades remains green until cooler weather ignites the smooth foliar ribbons and begs its name, which translates to “red wind.” Lounging in the late season shadows, this larger growing Hakonechloa echoes the warm-hued fanfare of autumnal foliage.

Size: 18" – 20" high x 2' 0" – 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

<i>Hakonechloa macra</i> ‘Naomi’

Discovered in a French trial garden, this recently introduced Hakone Grass is distinctive for its smaller stature and unique foliar blend of fall hues. The pendent, creamy white and yellow-green blades, which sport irregular green bands, appear similar to ‘Aureola’ during the spring and summer months.

Once the weather cools, some of the foliage transmutes deep reddish purple colors, while many leaves retain their bright variegation, crafting an exceptional multitoned spectacle. (pp#19,897)

Size: 10" – 14" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

A vibrant foliar infusion of orange-red hues, induced by cool autumn weather, makes this compelling new cultivar unique. Reminiscent of bamboo, artful weeping blades remain deep green throughout the growing season, shaping a soft-looking low ground cover, which exhibits more sun and drought tolerance than its golden or variegated cousins plus promises not to overtake its neighbors. ‘Nicolas’ brings bold color to the season’s last curtain call and can be celebrated as a container subject, planted en masse in a naturalistic or modern venue or for a favored Japanese tradition, it can be paired with bonsai. (pp#19,898)

Size: 10" – 14" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Sporting the reverse variegation of its parent, ‘Aureola’, and growing slightly taller as well, ‘Sunny Delight’s slender predominately green blades showcase lambent golden yellow streaks and striations in varying widths. The shapely flowing habit makes a durable and deciduous bambooesque partner for fellow dappled shade-lovers like Geranium ‘Alec’s Pink’ or Tricyrtis ‘Blue Wonder’.

Size: 14" high x 20" – 22" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

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