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Hakonechloa macra

Previously known as:

  • Phragmites macer
Description

Hakone grass has a soft rich green foliage, but many variegated cultivars are available with white, green or gold striping. This ornamental grass resembles bamboo and spreads by rhizomes and stolons but is not considered to be invasive.

Hakone grass requires a rich, consistently moist, well-drained soil. It tolerates part to full shade, particularly in hot summers and gives the best color intensity, especially in the variegated forms, when shielded from full sun.   Leaves may scorch in the heat if moisture is inconsistent. This grass will not grow in poorly drained soil, heavy clay, or very dry soils.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#gold#arching#deciduous#variegated#green#shade tolerant#low maintenance#ornamental grass#mounding#well-drained soil#cascading#deer resistant#perennial grass#rhizomes#rich soil
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#gold#arching#deciduous#variegated#green#shade tolerant#low maintenance#ornamental grass#mounding#well-drained soil#cascading#deer resistant#perennial grass#rhizomes#rich soil
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hakonechloa
    Species:
    macra
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Japan
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ornamental Grass
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Cascading
    Mounding
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Caryopsis
  • Flowers:
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Panicle
    Spike
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    A panicle of spiklets
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Variegated
    White
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Papery texture, lanceolate
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Patio
    Riparian
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Shade Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer