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Hakonechloa 'Aureola'
  • Hakonechloa Aureola is a lovely hardy shade perennial
  • Hakonechloa Aureola combines well with bold textured plants such as Hostas
  • Hakonechloa Aureola adds texture and interest to the shade garden

Hakonechloa 'Aureola'

One of the best grasses for the shade garden!
Item: #HAKAU1Q
ZONE 5,6,7,8,9
As low as $13.99
  • 9 months of colorful foliage
  • Brilliant yellow leaves with green
  • Adds a bright glow in the shade garden
  • Grows well with lots of moisture
  • Ship size: Jumbo 1 Quart
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Hakonechloa 'Aureola' Description

Beautiful and glowing gold foliage livens up your shade perennial garden.

Yellow Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa 'Aureola') is a clump forming, non-running ornamental grass with narrow yellow foliage, striped with a thin green margin.

There are so many great garden design opportunities such as pairing with darker leaf heucheras, other shade ornamental grasses, or medium size blue hosta.

Hakonechloa grows extremely well in rich, moisture retentive soil & cooler temperatures where it often can grow taller & wider. Water frequently particularly the first year.

Special features:Deer resistant, Foliage interest, Moisture tolerant, Multi-seasonal interest, Season extender

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name:
    Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'
  • Common name:
    Hakone grass
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
    Shade, Part shade
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    1 quart
  • Soil Type:
  • Soil moisture:
  • Height x width:
    12-18" X 18"
  • Flower color:
  • Foliage color:
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  • Uses:
    Accent, Border, Container, Ground cover, Massing, Small spaces, Under planting, Waterside, Woodland
  • Cannot ship to:
    AK, HI
  • Patent #: None



Soil: Prefers humus-rich, well-drained soil.  Dislikes poorly drained, heavy clay or very dry soils.
Light: Part shade - shade -- Full hot sun tends to scorch the foliage
Water: Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Spacing: 18 - 24 inches
Fertilizing: Hakonechloa doesn't need supplemental fertilizing in good soils but if you do fertilize, wait until after the first blush of growth in spring.
Winterizing: In northern zones  (5 and 6), mulch with 2 ft of fall leaves, or pine bough branches. In southern growing zones mulch is not necessary.
Maintenance & pruning:  Prune back old foliage in late fall, or before new leaves emerge in spring. Divide every 2 to 3 years in spring. Older plants can be dug up and cut in half for quick propagation.