Hakonechloa macra ‘Albovariegata’

variegated Japanese forest grass

Outstanding Qualities

Hakonechloa macra 'Albovariegata' is an elegant grass worthy of a spot in every garden. Slow growing, graceful mounds of tastefully variegated, narrow arching blades ripple in the gentlest breeze. Its long, narrow rich green leaves have slim bands of creamy white running their length providing interest without over-powering color. Japanese forest grass produces delicate airy seedheads that dance above its foliage from mid-summer through frost. As fall temperatures cool, the foliage takes on a slightly rosy-pink blush, finally turning butterscotch before collapsing for winter. This clone is also often sold under the name 'Albostriata.'

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: gold, silver, chartreuse

Great Color Partners: cream, white, 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.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Sun/Light Exposure: light to dappled shade

Water Requirements: regular watering during dry weather