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Plant of the Week: Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’ (Japanese Forest Grass cultivar)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter.

Some plantings rely more on foliage than on flowers. Leaves of different textures and shades, for example, can offer much interest, even in what might seem to be unpromising locations.

This week’s selection, a chartreuse-colored selection of Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’), lights up a shady section of the Wild Garden, providing a perfect foil to the darker greens of the surrounding plants. In this first shot, look for it in the bottom left of the shot, a burst of bright green along the path. The Wild Garden Gazebo is on the right, seen from behind.setting

The second and third shots show it in every greater focus.the-plant

close-upMost grasses come from open, sunny places (“grasslands”), but Japanese forest grass, as its name suggests, is a woodland plant. It is native to the forested mountains of central Japan.

One thought on “Plant of the Week: Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’ (Japanese Forest Grass cultivar)

  1. I am a big fan of Hakone grass and ‘All Gold’ is a particular gem to add color to a shady spot, although the all-green species or the green-white or green-gold cultivars are also attractive in the right situation; Hakone grass has the bonus that even a mild wind gives movement to the garden. I love your photos showing how effectively it is used at Wave Hill.
    Thank you.

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