Hakonechloa Aureola
Hakone Grass

Hakonechloa Aureola

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A highly decorative grass, Hakonechloa macra Aureola forms a clump of wonderfully arching linear foliage. In summer the leaves, with their bright yellow background, are striated with green; in autumn the vivid colour takes on a rich, reddish tone. Ideally plant in clumps or drifts on the edge of borders or in containers to soften hard lines.


This compelling ornamental grass has its roots in the moist, mountainous and woodland areas of Central Japan. It is named after Mount Hakone, a mountain in the Kanagawa Prefecture which overlooks Mount Fuji. The refined detail of the foliage lends it to planting alongside large-leafed perennials such as hostas or alongside clipped Buxus or sculpture.


Insignificant flowers on panicles in autumn

  • Well drained, moist, fertile soil
  • Any aspect
  • Full sun, partial shade

This low maintenance grass needs little attention. Cut any dead foliage down in spring and mulch.