How to care for Hakone Grass (Hakonechloa macra)

Hakonechloa macra All Gold

Hakone Grass, Japanese Forest Grass

The popular Hakone Grass (Hakonechloa macra) is available with green, red egded, yellowish, white and yellow striped leaves. Fall colouring differs from yellow to red.

Plant care

Hakone Grass

Light requirements

Bright to shady spots are welcome. If the ground is rich in humus or clay based the coloured cultivars can tolerate a little bit of morning or evening sun.

Hakonechloa macra All Gold
Hakonechloa macra “All Gold”

Soil requirements

Hakonechloa macra does best in rich in humus to sandy-clayey soil. Sandy soil is also tolerated in shady locations. Then the Hakone Grass has to be watered regularly.

Hakonechloa macra All Gold

Moisture requirements

In its natural habitat Hakone Grass is growing on moist rocky cliffs in the mountain forest. So it needs evenly moist soil the year round. Especially if it is placed in part sun.

Hakonechloa macra Aureola
Hakonechloa macra “Aureola”

Hardiness zone

Z 7 (-13 °C / 8 °F)

Hakonechloa macra Aureola

Quick facts

Life Cycle

Hakone Grass is a summer green perennial.

Hakonechloa macra Aureola


Grasses (Poaceae)

Hakonechloa macra


12 to 23 inches

Hakonechloa macra

Flowering time

Mid to late summer



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