Hakone Grass, Japanese Forest Grass 'All Gold'

Hakonechloa macra

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hakonechloa (hah-koh-nee-KLO-uh) (Info)
Species: macra (MAK-ruh) (Info)
Cultivar: All Gold


Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo


Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:



Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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


Riverside, California

Cordele, Georgia

Homer Glen, Illinois

Niles, Illinois

Nottingham, Maryland

Harbert, Michigan

Ludington, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan

Litchfield, New Hampshire

Fanwood, New Jersey

Morristown, New Jersey

Pennsauken, New Jersey

New Bern, North Carolina

Monroe, Ohio

Richfield, Ohio

Salem, Oregon

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Clarksville, Tennessee

Toone, Tennessee

Hereford, Texas

Lubbock, Texas

Buena Vista, Virginia

Bellevue, Washington

Langley, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 15, 2014, JenDion from Litchfield, NH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Excellent color and texture. Grows great in full shade, and really lights up a dark spot. Grows slowly at first but a bit faster once established. Generally slower growing than Nicholas, but faster than Beni Kazi.


On May 25, 2011, spears_r from Rosedale, MD wrote:

Beautiful color. Grows a lot faster too than some say in my experience. Have it planted in between black mondo grass with an otto luyken behind it in a spot that gets little sun throughout the day. Really stands out! Would recommend this grass to anyone to brighten up a more shaded area.


On Jun 18, 2010, adheesh from Fussa Tokyo
Japan wrote:

It grows fast here in Tokyo !
I grow it in container, much sun,water & fertilizer,
I move it to shade area on the second year.
Glows like a light-bulb among Ivy ,fatsia & rhododendron,
make reflections in the pond.


On Oct 10, 2008, akcrafter from Philadelphia, PA wrote:

I grow this handsome fella in a moderately sunny, well drained bed that gets watered frequently since it sits in a wind tunnel between my home and the home next door. Planted last summer it has doubled in size, even though everything I've read says it grows slowly. It demands little attention and makes a great border plant since it spreads out in a gentle heap. The color is stunning. My border includes variegated ajuga, dianthus, and small hosta, with a crepe myrtle, cone flowers, purple salvia, astilbe, gold spirea, English daisies, penstemmon and plume poppies behind it. The combination looks great and is easy care.


On Jun 18, 2006, charlenenj from Fanwood, NJ wrote:

I put 2 of these plants down in Spring and the photo I took (with the impatiens in it) was about 2 months later. Now, the plants are gaining more height. I really love these grasses. I also have the striped "Aureola" version of this plant which seems to have thinner leaves and sways more in the breeze; but the Aureola is so prone to leaf scorch with just a small amount of sun. The "All Gold" is more chartreuse, seems almost glow-in-the-dark and is really striking. Love it, Love it. Put it near something either all green, or bright flowers, for the contrast, and then further down, add another chartreuse shade plant like Heuchera Lime Rickey.


On Sep 29, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Wow! As named, the foliage is completely golden and somewhat more upright than its green and white cousin. Bright yellow foliage glows in the shade garden and lends fabulous texture.