Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'
A very lovely small grass which forms elegant arching clumps of vividly striped bright gold and lime-green foliage that holds its colour throughout the season. A great grass for autumn interest as the low growing tufts turn purplish red .
Looks good with other ornamental grasses and is useful as a simple understorey to light shrubs .
Also useful as a soft edging to paths or steps and striking when grown on its own in a container. The clean, style of this grass makes it a good choice for formal courtyards or in minimalist urban planters. Can also be used in Japanese style plantings .
Looks best when planted in mass swathes in a large border.
Climate/Position: Full sun or partial shade
Height/Spread: Up to 40 cm height 45cm spread
Soil Requirements: Moist well drained soil, humus rich. Good compost at planting aids establishment.
Pruning: Cut back old foliage and flowers to ground level before new growth emerges in spring then apply a light mulch (3cm) of well-rotted garden compost.
Referred to as Japanese Hakone grass, it is native to the mountain regions of Honshu Island, Japan.