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Hakonechloa - Hakone grass

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If you buy Japanese grass, you get will a decorative grass with a high design value. The minimalist style, which this grass represents with its lush, arched, overhanging foliage, fits perfectly in Asian ornamental gardens or in a formal, well-articulated front yard.

Hakonechloa macra

Japanese hakone, golden hakonechloa

From £8.90 *

Hakonechloa macra 'Albostriata'

Japanese forest grass 'Albostriata': an elegant perennial grass with striped blades

From £8.90 *

Hakonechloa macra 'Green Hills'

Japanese forest grass 'Green Hills'

From £7.40 *


More useful information about Hakonechloa - Hakone grass

In addition, it is a decorative ground cover under woody plants or for grave design. Especially on hilly locations or embankments, Japanese grass is ideal due to its soft growth habit.

The effect from a distance of the Japanese grass (genus Hakonechloa) is considerable: when the wind sweeps over the elegant foliage, it seems reminiscent of billowing waves. The narrow, lanceolate leaves and the rich green colour of this foliage plant remind us a bit of bamboo. A planting with Japanese grass exerts a soothing and melancholy effect that is very characteristic of Japanese garden design. Large stones of all kinds unfold a magical effect in combination with the Japanese mountain grass. In general, it is wonderful when planted in groups, for example alongside a path.

Ornamental grass can also be beautifully combined with other perennials. Ideal partners are blue-coloured hostas, ferns and autumn anemones. Japanese grass also looks very decorative in a planter, in which the leafy centre of the plant with its waterfall-like growth can be perfectly staged. In the summer, the grass produces tender flower spikes that bring lightness to any planting. Later in the year Hakonechloa also impresses with fantastic autumn colour.


Elegant overhanging leaf creatures

Take a look at our Lubera® range and discover the design options with Japanese grass! The original species  Hakonechloa macra and the pretty, variegated varieties are versatile, provided that the soil is sufficiently moist and nutritious. In a sunny or partially shaded spot, Japanese grass grows really well and only gradually expands.

• Hakonechloa macra, the wild form of Japanese grass, is the most sun-tolerant and hardiest representative. It has rich green blades and grows up 60 to 70 centimetres high, a bit higher than its coloured variants.

• The eye-catching striped variety 'Aureola', also known as golden hakonechloa, is slightly less vigorous with a total height of 35 centimetres. It scores with bright yellow leaves framed by a narrow green frame. In autumn, it has a distinctive, reddish-green foliage colour.

• The Japanese silver grass 'Albostriata' with its yellowish-white striped leaves has a very invigorating effect in the darker corners of the garden. It reaches a height of about 30 centimetres.

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Buying Japan grass – worth knowing

The Japanese grass (Hakonechloa macra), also called Japanese forest grass, is a grass of the genus Hakonechloa, which belongs to the family of sweet grasses (Poaceae). In Japan, the grass is found on moist, rocky slopes in sparse forests or fresh forest edges. It is native to the Hakone Mountains on the main island of Honshu, from which the genus name derives.

Japanese grass gradually shows its soft growth form, by forming lumpy clumps, which gradually spread with the help of their short rhizomes. Aggressive proliferation is not to be feared with this grass as it only gradually unfolds its full splendour. It is deciduous; the above ground parts die off in the cold season. In autumn, its leaves take on beautiful yellowish or bronze tones, which remain even with complete dehydration of the blades over the winter months. In the late spring, the Japanese grass sprouts again. In the period from August to October, the flowers appear. The loose, rather inconspicuous inflorescences protrude only a few centimetres beyond the foliage. Japanese grass can be propagated through the division of the rootstock.

Location and soil

If you buy a Japanese grass, it grows well in partial shade, also in cooler areas with fresh soil; Japanese grass even thrives in full sun. The warmer the microclimate on the site, the more in the shade the grass should be planted. It is important to know that the leaves lose their colourful, vertical stripes in deep shade and turn green. The soil should be loose, rich in nutrients and rich in humus. The ideal soil pH is neutral to slightly acidic.

Planting and care

The ideal planting time is in the spring. The grass then has enough time to establish itself at the site. Once it has grown, it needs little care. When planting, a distance of about 40 centimetres is recommended. If you want to use the Japanese grass as a ground cover, you should plant it a bit denser, as the clumps increase only slowly in diameter. Five to ten plants per square meter provide good soil cover.

After planting, keep an eye on the grass and water it when the soil is dry. Once a year you can fertilise your Japanese grass with horn shavings or compost!

If cultivated in a container, the volume of the container should be at least five to ten litres.

Cutting Japan grass

Cut the leaves of the Japanese grass back in late spring, as this offers good winter protection. The dry blades are also very decorative in the winter.

Winter protection

If you buy a Japanese grass, you should know that this – especially as a young plant – it is only partially hardy. In frosty winters, complete coverage of the grass is recommended, e.g. with foliage or fleece.

If growing the plant in a container you should additionally isolate the planter with a coconut mat or bubble wrap and put this on a wooden or styrofoam block.

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