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Hakone Grass, Japanese Forest Grass
Hakonechloa macra 'Fubuki'

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Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hakonechloa (hah-koh-nee-KLO-uh) (Info)
Species: macra (MAK-ruh) (Info)
Cultivar: Fubuki
Additional cultivar information:(PP21757; aka Briform)
Hybridized by Caton
Registered or introduced: 2009


Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


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Bloom Color:

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Bloom Time:

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Grown for foliage


Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Wenham, Massachusetts

Chehalis, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 15, 2012, LiquidFeet from Wenham, MA wrote:

This plant is hard to find where I live, and there seem to be no pictures anywhere on the internet of the plant once it matures so I'm not even sure I have a place for it in my garden. I found some barely-alive specimens at a discount house and bought the best looking one of the bunch for $7.00. Once I put it in the ground it took off. I've had it about two weeks here in Massachusetts, in a partial shade spot which it likes. I'll post later about how it does.
New cultivars are always a mystery, as is this one. I hope it turns out to be as dramatic and beautiful as the variegated aureola version, and one day also hope to get some all-gold cultivars for my garden.