Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'
Variegated Japanese Forest Grass
Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants, Perennials
Clumps of gracefully arching leaves characterize this choice grass from Japan. To 1–3 ft. tall, somewhat wider. Spreads slowly by underground runners; never invasive. Tolerates full sun in fog belt or cool northwestern gardens. Prefers rich, moist, well-drained soil. Choice for shade garden, cool rock garden, containers. All-green leaves of species turn coppery orange in fall. Colored-leaf selections are more widely grown.
From Japan. 'Aureola' is the most widely sold variety. Grows 14 in. high. Green leaves have longitudinal yellow stripes. In dense shade, the color turns to chartreuse; in full sun in cool climates, it may become paler, turning to creamy yellow. Foliage is sometimes suffused with pink in cool fall weather.