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Hakonechloa 'aurea'

Golden hakone grass

This is my favorite grass. It is a native of Japan, where it prefers shaded woodlands. It is a slow grower, but given the right conditions it will form a thick mat 1-1/2 to 2 feet tall, with bamboo-like pendulous leaves, spectacularly yellow with green stripes. 

This is a photo of the fabulous stand of golden hakone grass at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Md. My plants are not doing so well.  They nearly died in their first season (too much sun, I guess) but are slowly recovering in a shadier spot. Not yet ready to be photographed.


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