Golden Variegated Hakone Grass
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Beautiful and elegant, this low-growing grass brings refinement, good taste, and color to shady areas. Golden leaves with intermittent green lines flow downward like a bright waterfall. The amount of variegation on Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ depends on its environment: stripes are most pronounced in deep shade, less in sunnier spots. It prefers rich, organic, well-drained soil similar to that of the cool, damp areas of its native Mount Hakone in Japan. It can handle sun in cool, moist climates, but requires shade in hot, dry environments. Golden Variegated Hakone Grass grows in an 18-inch clump that spreads very slowly by rhizomes to make a superb ground cover. Hakone Grasses are sometimes called Japanese Forest Grass.
Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ was awarded Perennial Plant of the Year in 2009 by the Perennial Plant Association©. Winners are selected for their ability to perform well in a wide range of growing climates, for low maintenance needs, multiple-season interest, and for being relatively pest/disease-free. ‘Aureola’ is the second grass to receive this award. It is also the recipient of the Royal Horticulture Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
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