Hakonechloa macra

Japanese Forest Grass

Deciduous, Herbaceous Grass / Grass-Like, Perennial

The straight species of Japanese Forest grass, Hakonechloa macra, is a comparatively simple and subdued color story compared to the more widely grown, and hugely popular variants with golden foliage, such as Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' or H. 'All Gold'. Undulating waves of rich green foliage make a lovely and serene large scale groundcover when planted en masse.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9

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

Water Needs: Average, Regular / Even


Size: 18 - 30 tall x 18 - 30 wide
Shape / Form: Clumping
Foliage Texture: Fine
Foliage Quality: Fine

Features: Attractive Foliage, Low Maintenance

Foliage Color: Green
Fall Color: Bronze / Copper, Brown / Chocolate

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Edging, Groundcover
Special Situations: Deer Resistant
Wildlife: Deer Resistant

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Late Spring / Early Summer, Late Summer / Early Fall, Three Seasons of Interest
Plant Behavior: Clumping, Slow Growing
Collections: eGardenGo Favorite, Great Plant Pick, Plants That Earn Their Keep

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plant Combos