Botanical Name: Hakonechloa macra 'Albo Striata'
Common Name: White-edged Hakone Grass  
Plant photo of: Hakonechloa macra 'Albo Striata'
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Perennial, Grass


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, White, Yellow, Variegated


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Half, Shade





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Formal, Japanese, Tropical, Woodland


Accenting Features

Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Parking Strip, Walkways


Special Uses

Cascade, Filler


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: GardenSoft
  • Description

  • Notes

Harder to find than other forms, this Hakone grass is more sun tolerant than the golden form, but still prefers only morning light. The pendulous green foliage is accented with thick and thin creamy white stripes. Brightens up shady spots in the garden, especially under taller canopied shrubs and small trees that might provide that extra bit of shade. Grows about 10 inches tall and 18 inches wide. Draping habit makes it attractive cascading over a rock or low wall.
Prefers well-drained, clay-loam soils. Will tolerate some sun, but will need water volume adjusted accordingly. Not a low-water plant, but in rich soil and sheltered from the hottest part of the day, it would be a good companion with shrubs being watered weekly. Cut back nearly to ground in late winter or early spring, before new growth emerges.