Botanical Name: Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'
Common Name: Golden Variegated Hakone grass  
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Water Saving Tip:

Apply as little fertilizer as possible.

If you use fertilizer make sure it stays on the landscape, and carefully water it in so there is NO runoff.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Perennial, Grass


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Gold, Green, White, Yellow, Variegated


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Half, Shade





Growth Rate

Moderate, Slow


Soil Type

Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Formal, Japanese, Meadow, Tropical, Woodland


Accenting Features

Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Summer, Fall


Location Uses

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


Special Uses

Cascade, Filler


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

Golden Variegated Hakone grass is a lush and graceful ornamental grass. The cascading, hair-like foliage is broad and variegated with cream, chartreuse, and green. Illuminates dark corners and adds texture. Particularly effective planted under shrubs and small trees with contrasting foliage, such as viburnums, hydrangeas, and japanese maple.
Provide rich, well drained soil amended with compost. Full to part shade, avoiding those places that receive sun from about planting where it would receive sun from about 11am to 4 or 5 pm (the hottest time of the day). Not a low-water plant, but with good soil and protection from hot summer sun, it should thrive with weekly watering.