Hakonechloa is a monotypic genus in the grass family Poaceae that includes just one species, Hakonechloa macra. Native to the woodlands of Japan, these grasses thrive in cool, shady environments, making them ideal for adding a touch of tranquility to any woodland garden.
More Information About Hakonechloa
Hakonechloa, commonly known as Japanese forest grass, is characterized by its delicate and cascading foliage, which gracefully arches and sways with the breeze. The slender blades of these grasses come in a variety of captivating colors, ranging from vibrant greens to golden yellows and mesmerizing variegated patterns. Hakone grass is a deciduous perennial grass and will die back to the ground during winter.
The name Hakonechloa is a combination of 'Hakon' from Mt. Hakon, the mountain in Japan where it is found, and 'chloa' which is Greek for grass. The 'macra' in the species name Hakonechloa macra simply means large in Greek.
How to Use Japanese Forest Grass in the Garden
With their ability to create stunning visual accents or serve as groundcovers, Hakonechloa grasses are a favorite among gardeners seeking to brighten up the shadier areas of their garden. They also make a great border plant for shady pathways.
Hakonecloa Companion Plants
Hakonechloa pair well with other shade-loving plants with bold textures such as hosta, heucheras, ferns, tiarella, pulmonaria, and brunnera.
Hakonecloa macra Care
Hakonecloa macra is easy to grow provided it is sited in an area with part to full shade and well-draining soil. Foliage can be cut back in late winter or early spring.