Hakonechloa macra 'Albovariegata'


H. m. 'Albostriata'

Deciduous Grass / Grass-Like, Groundcover

Outstanding Qualities
Hakonechloa macra 'Albovariegata' is an elegant grass worthy of a spot in every garden. Slow growing, graceful mounds of tastefully variegated, narrow arching blades ripple in the gentlest breeze. Its long, narrow rich green leaves have slim bands of creamy white running their length providing interest without over-powering color. Japanese forest grass produces delicate airy seedheads that dance above its foliage from mid-summer through frost. As fall temperatures cool, the foliage takes on a slightly rosy-pink blush, finally turning butterscotch before collapsing for winter. This clone is also often sold under the name 'Albostriata.'

Culture Notes
Plant this Japanese forest grass in well-drained soil with light to dappled shade, avoid hot afternoon sun. Provide regular watering during dry weather to keep the grass looking lush and full. It can be divided in winter to early spring before the new foliage starts to emerge. Fall color is a pleasant straw tone; once it browns it can be cut to the ground.

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Growing Conditions

Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade

Water Needs: Average, Regular / Even


Size: 18 - 24 tall x 24 - 60 wide
Shape / Form: Clumping, Mounding
Foliage Texture: Fine
Foliage Quality: Fine

Features: Attractive Foliage, Low Maintenance

Foliage Color: Green, Variegated, Yellow
Fall Color: Yellow, Bronze / Copper

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Beds and Borders, Container, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Small Gardens
Special Situations: Courtyard / Urban Garden, Deer Resistant
Wildlife: Deer Resistant

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Three Seasons of Interest
Position / Role: mid-plane filler
Plant Behavior: Clumping, Well Behaved / Companionable
Collections: eGardenGo Favorite, Great Plant Pick, Plants That Earn Their Keep

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low
Maintenance Tasks: Landscape Crew Friendly, Once-a-Year Care

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