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Japanese Forest Grass ‘Aureloa’ | Plant Profile

Japanese Forest Grass ‘Aureola’ (Hakonechloa macra) is an ornamental grass with a windswept appearance. The thick leaves have a lime green to yellow color and stand upright at the base, but eventually fall to the ground under it’s own weight. It is a slow growing grass that will eventually spread outward as well as in height.

‘Aureola’ survives best in partially shaded areas and moist but well drained soils. It is not particularly winter hardy and may have a tough time surviving in the Pittsburgh climate without a heavy layer of mulch to protect it in the winters.

‘Aureola’ can be installed as a groundcover in shady locations such as along borders, fences, or woodland areas. The elegant windswept appearance displays beautifully along banks, slopes, and hillsides. It can sprawl over rocks or container edges.


Japanese Forest Grass 'Aureola' Characteristics

Japanese Forest Grass is a low maintenance and easy to care for ornamental grass. It thrives in damp and shady areas making it well suited as a groundcover in woodland areas as indicated by the name. The 'Aureola' cultivar has green and yellow blades that touch the ground with the tips. Dressing with mulch will help to maintain proper soil moisture and protect the roots from cold winters. The mulch can also act as a fertilizer. This would be the only necessary fertilizer for this low maintenance grass.

If grown in partially sunny areas, the tips of the leaves may brown. It is best to cut back dead foliage to maintain an elegant appearance. This grass should be cut back to the crown for winter to allow for new growth in the spring. There are few serious disease problems and it will rarely attract bugs or pests.

Propagating Japanese Forest Grass is simple and can tend to be more rough than delicate. Digging up the plant and dividing it should be all that is required. The original plant should re-root in the same spot and the second half should re-root in a new spot with similar conditions.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones  5 - 9
1.00 - 1.50'
1.00 - 1.50'
Bloom Time
July - August
Part Shade
Deer Resistant?