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Japanese Forest Grass Aureola

Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'

Aureola Japanese Forest Grass is moderate growing ornamental grass known for its arching bright green variegated leaves and golden stripes. Grown best in partial to full sun, Hakonechloa macra has a compact nature perfect for border planting. Deer and disease resistant.

Growzone: 4-9

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Aureola Japanese Forest Grass for Sale Online

Voted Perennial Plant of the Year in 2019, Aureola Japanese Forest Grass is a rhizomatous, deciduous ornamental plant known for its long slender leaves and arching growth habit. This plant’s variegated lime green leaves feature striking gold and white stripes. Yellow-green flowers appear in loose, nodding panicles in mid-summer. Its leaves have a papery texture resembling the leaves of some types of bamboo.

Native to Japan, Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' is best used as a border plant and its foliage can reach lengths of 12 to 18 inches tall. Japanese Forest Grass thrives best when planted in full to partial shade. You’ll also have peace of mind knowing that this plant is deer resistant.

If you’re creating a Japanese Zen Garden, this plant is perfect for its unique texture and compact nature. Aureola Japanese Forest Grass grows best in rich well-drained soil. Overall, this disease-resistant plant looks great in every yard and can be planted in the spring or fall.


Growing Zone: 4-9
Mature Height: 2 Feet
Mature Width: 2 Feet
Sunlight: Partial shade
Water Requirements: Average
Selling Points: Deer resistant, rock gardens, borders, containers
This Plants Growzone: 4-9 Japanese Forest Grass Aureola Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Japanese Forest Grass Aureola

Once you buy an Aureola Japanese Forest Grass plant, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant healthy and thriving.

What type of light is best for Japanese Forest Grass?

What type of light is best for Japanese Forest Grass?

Variegated Hakonechloa macra is best grown in part shade. However, this plant tolerates close to full shade, particularly in the hot summer climates of the deep South, but the gold variegation changes to lime green. Best growth occurs in climates with cool summer temperatures. Beware of planting Japanese Forest Grass in full sun, as the plant’s delicate foliage will burn.

What type of soil is best for Aureola Japanese Forest Grass?

What type of soil is best for Aureola Japanese Forest Grass?

Variegated Japanese Forest Grass is best grown in rich, consistently moist, well-drained soils. This plant is native to Mount Hakone in Japan and enjoys soil similar to the cool, damp area. Hakonechloa macra Aureola is best grown in USDA zones 4 to 9.

How do I mulch Hakonechloa macra?

How do I mulch Hakonechloa macra?

We recommend mulching your Aureola Japanese Forest Grass in late fall or early winter. Hakonechloa macra is typically used for landscape borders, containers, edging, and mass planting, and mulch can ensure that your delicate plant survives the harsh winters. Mulching will also help retain soil moisture and protect the plant’s root zone.

How do I prune Japanese Forest Grass?

How do I prune Japanese Forest Grass?

Although Hakonechloa macra is compact in nature, we recommend pruning to keep your foliage vibrant and full. Trim Japanese Forest Grass’ foliage to the ground in late winter to early spring before the new shoots emerge. This plant also has a spreading growth habit, so we recommend dividing its clumps every 2 years in the spring.


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