Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’

golden Japanese forest grass

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

This deciduous grass erupts acid-yellow from the earth each spring. As the blades mature they reach slightly over a foot tall and then arch into an attractive, shaggy mound. In half-day sun, Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold' will maintain its intense coloring through the summer. In open, bright shade it will soften to fresh-chartreuse by late June. This graceful eye-catching grass ripples gently in the slightest breeze bringing the garden alive with movement. Its light texture makes it a good grass for containers contrasting with other more rigid plants. Use Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold' as a solid groundcover under small trees or under large shrubs. It also looks good with bold, dark-green foliage plants such as bergenias, podophyllums, hostas and works as a nice contrast with ferns.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 3 in. (0.38 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Sun/Light Exposure: light to dappled shade

Water Requirements: regular watering during dry weather

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, silver, bronze

Great Color Partners: gold, dark green

Culture Notes
Plant this Japanese forest grass in well-drained soil with light to dappled shade, avoid hot afternoon sun. Provide regular watering during dry weather to keep the grass looking lush and full. It can be divided in winter to early spring before the new foliage starts to emerge. Fall color is a pleasant straw tone; once it browns it can be cut to the ground.