Aureola Japanese Forest Grass

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With its fountain-like shape, Japanese Forest Grass ‘Aureola’ makes a compact, yet graceful addition to moist, shade and part-shade areas. Narrow, bright-yellow blades are beautifully streaked with green stripes and appear the most variegated when planted in shade; full-sun sites inspire its leaves to grow in a solid golden color. Excellent under trees and placed along shady walkways. (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’)
Zones 4 - 7
Deer Resistant
Winter Interest
Good For Containers
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height 12-18" tall , 12-18" wide
Bloom TimeFoliage plant all season

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information
This plant, when introduced into the US in the mid-nineties, created a sensation. For example, the University. of Arkansas published a paper on it saying, that it had created much excitement amongst gardeners, especially..since it is... uniquely beautiful, long-lived and well behaved. Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra Aureola) is just such a plant.

This beauty grows naturally on mountainside cliffs on Japans main island, and in American gardens, reaches only 12 or 18 inches. It spreads very slowly, by underground roots, as clumps enlarge.

More Information
Common Name
Aureola Japanese Forest Grass
Botanical Name
Hakonechloa macra Aureola
4, 5, 6, 7
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height
12-18" tall
Mature Spread
12-18" wide
Growth Rate
Bloom Time
Foliage plant all season
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As
Potted Plant
Ornamental green blades with golden stripes.
Soil Type
Moist/Wet Soil, Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture
Well Draining, Moist / Wet
Deer Resistant, Winter Interest, Good For Containers
2009 Perennial of the Year
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer
Neonicotinoid Free
Item Unit
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada

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