White Variegated Hakone Grass (Hakonechloa macra Albostriata) is one of the most gorgeous of ornamental grasses, also one of the few that prefers shady sites. This forms a low mound of arching stems, with cascading layers of narrow leaves striped with green and creamy-white. The graceful effect is similar to a dwarf bamboo. Tiny green flowers are hidden among the leaves. Clumps are slow to grow, but eventually makes a spectacular edging. Hakone or Japanese Forest Grasses are available in solid green, gold variegated and solid gold varieties as well. They are very popular in landscapes throughout our area. It is beautiful surrounding trees or edging a path.
Part of the Northern Sunset lineup, it likes rich, well-drained to moist soil in part shade conditions:
- Shade for the last half of the day
- Filtered sun
- Often an eastern exposure