I love this grass!! Japanese forest grass offers a different look than most other grasses by displaying a wide spreading shape with a graceful arching habit. The leaves have a papery texture similar to those of bamboo. It prefers to grow in locations protected from the hot afternoon sun. It spreads by rhizomes, but is not invasive. The genus name comes from the Japanese place named Hakone and the Greek work chloa meaning a grass.
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‘All Gold’ has a more solid golden appearance and not as vigorous
‘Albo-striata’ is pictured here with a more creamy variegation
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‘Aureola’ is a golden-striped form of Hakone grass and was named Perennial Plant of the Year 2012
This grass can be used in the shadier garden offering a ‘pop’ of color or would work wonderfully in container gardens.