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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’)
key features
Botanical Name
Hakonechloa macra Aureola
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7
Deer Resistant, Winter Interest, Container Planting
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height
12-18" tall
Bloom Time
Foliage plant all season


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.