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Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'
Common Name: Japanese Forest Grass Family: Poaceae (The Grass Family)

Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'
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'Aureola' is a classic grass for shade and one I wouldn't be without in my garden. The cascading foliage resembles falling water which makes it marvelous beside a pond or tumbling out of shade borders. Try combining with darker foliage like burgundy heucheras for a WOW! effect in your shade garden. Selected by the Perennial Plant Association as Perennial Plant of the Year 2009.


Geogrpahical Origin:
Asia - China and Japan
Native Habitat:
Cool, shaded mountainside cliffs.

ClassDeciduous  Primary Bloom ColourGreen 
TypeGrass  Secondary Bloom Colour 
Height12-24'  Bloom TimeSummer 
Spread12-24'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureShade Part Sun Part Shade  Foliage ColourVariegated - Gold 
Soil MoistureAverage Moist  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone5-9  BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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Recommended Companion Plants:
Hosta "'Great Expectations'"
Hosta "'T-Rex'"
Heuchera "'Obsidian'"

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