Hakonechloa macra ‘Beni Kaze’

Japanese forest grass

  • © Briggs Plant Propagators

  • © Briggs Plant Propagators

Outstanding Qualities

This Japanese forest grass slowly matures into a soft flowing mound. The thin rich green blades will start to develop red on the tips in late summer and gradually gain more red through the fall. In full fall color this grass is a bright blend of deep red, burnt orange and deep gold. The billowy form moves with the slightest breeze and is a great for adding movement to the garden.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: mounding perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: light to open shade

Water Requirements: regular, frequent in dry months

Seasonal Interest: In summer this grass has a lush appearance, but in the fall it is a beautiful mix of red, orange and yellow.

Resistant to: deer, slug

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’, Aconitum carmichaelii, Hosta ‘Guacamole’, Lilium martagon, Camellia sasanqua ‘Setsugekka’, Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Showy Lantern’

Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, silve, white

Great Color Partners: bronze, burgundy, dark, green

Culture Notes
This low mounding grass will grow best in light to open shade. Avoid hot sunny locations or the tips can burn. The red tones appear earlier and are brighter with some sun. Provide a location with well-drained soil, although this adaptable plant will tolerate sand. Provide regular watering during dry weather, for sandy sites it may need water more frequently. In late fall once the grass starts to look weathered it can be cut to the ground.
Geek Notes
The translation of the Japanese cultivar name means “red wind”.