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All Gold Hakone Grass

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Graceful arching grassy foliage is gold colored and almost bamboo-like, makes a spectacular color accent in the garden, beautiful along pathways, edges and containers; provide good drainage; can have nice reddish-tan color in fall

Characteristics

Species:
macra
Other Species Names:
Japanese Woodland Grass
Average Landscape Height:
18 inches
Average Landscape Width:
24 inches
Genus:
Hakonechloa
Cultivar:
All Gold
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
arching
Canopy:
closed
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
slow
Pruning:
best if not pruned
Summer Foliage Color:
gold
Fall Color:
tan
Maximum Light:
partial shade
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
moist
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

All Gold Hakone Grass is primarily valued in the garden for its cascading habit of growth. It attractive grassy leaves are gold in color. The foliage often turns tan in fall.

Landscape Attributes

All Gold Hakone Grass is a dense herbaceous perennial grass with a shapely form and gracefully arching stems. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

All Gold Hakone Grass will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant should be grown in a location with partial shade or which is shaded from the hot afternoon sun. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

All Gold Hakone Grass is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a canvas of foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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