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PlantFiles: Hakone Grass, Japanese Forest Grass
Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold'

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

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22 members have or want this plant for trade.

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

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:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

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6 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive JenDion 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.

Positive spears_r 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.

Positive adheesh 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.

Positive akcrafter 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.

Positive charlenenj 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.

Positive tcfromky 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.


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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