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HAKONECHLOA macra 'Stripe It Rich'

Image of Hakonechloa macra 'Stripe It Rich' PP19259

Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc.

Family

Poaceae

Botanical Name

HAKONECHLOA macra 'Stripe It Rich' PP19259

Plant Common Name

Hakone Grass

Special Notice

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General Description

Elegant arching blades, a tame and tidy habit and tolerance to shade make this lovely Japanese native an exceptional ornamental grass for the garden. Hakone grass is a slow-growing, clump-forming, herbaceous perennial that naturally resides in the forests of Japan. There are several variegated forms, which tend to be the most coveted by gardeners.

The broad, bright green blades of hakone grass arch gracefully and form spreading clumps over time. The blades can turn yellow, orange or pinkish red tones in fall before they die back in winter. In late summer to fall, loose panicles of grassy flowers are produced. These offer little in the way of visual interest and the seeds they produce rarely germinate in garden situations. Many of the finest hakone grass cultivars are golden or variegated and have striking fall color.

This attractive grass performs best in partial sun to partial shade and evenly moist soil with good drainage. It is often planted in woodland or lightly shaded rock gardens and best placed along the front of a border or cascading beside the edge of a path. This grass especially is striking when planted in masses.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Grass

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    24"-36" / 61.0cm - 91.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Lime Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Lime Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Orange, Yellow Green, Orange Red

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes