Japanese forest grass
A small, part-shade loving perennial bunchgrass, the Japanese Forest Grass forms a graceful fountain shape as it grows, slowly spreading and brightening up darker areas of the garden.
Hakonechloa macra produces luscious paper thin foliage, somewhat reminiscent of bamboo but in an alluring bright green. In autumn this foliage can develop orange, red or purple tones.
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Native to Japan where it’s endemic to moist mountain areas of cliffs and woodland, including Mt. Hakone from which it derives its Latin genus and common name.
Japanese Forest Grass makes for a perfect spreading ornamental grass for shady locations, aesthetically reminiscent of Japanese style gardens.
It works brilliantly when used to create groundcover or accents in woodland gardens, is perfectly pleasing along paths and walkways and even looks fantastic in containers.
Care & Size Guidance
Hakonechloa macra is best grown in part shade, planted in humus rich, consistently moist, well-drained soil. Though it is not at its best, it can tolerate close to full shade.
In midsummer Hakonechloa flowers bloom with light purple inflorescence which fades to tan before dropping off over the course of several weeks.
Compared to many of the cultivars, the original green species tends to be the fastest grower and has a slightly larger ultimate size.