Hakonechloa macra Aureola (Golden hakonechloa)
A gorgeous clump forming grass, low cascading clumps of bright golden and green striped leaves that keep their colour right through the season, in full sun a red tinge may develop to give extra interest. Later in the Summer pale green flower spikelets appear giving the plant an airy appearance.
Hakonechloa macra Aureola is a ‘top drawer’ ornamental grass, its flowing shape and enduring colour is perfect for the edge of flower beds and paths and these colourful plants can be used as a colourful under storey beneath larger plants. They are perfect for planting in drifts especially in more formal or minimalist designs such as a courtyard or urban setting. They also look great in containers.
They grow well in sun or partial shade, any well drained soil.
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Hakonechloa macra Aureola is a deciduous grass, the old foliage should be left over the Winter as this will protect the crown of the plant from inclement weather conditions and will still provide structure and interest, especially on frosty days. Cut them back close to the ground in February or March before the new foliage emerges. The cut stems and foliage is useful as a natural mulch or may be composted.
How to grow Hakonechloa macra Aureola
Position: Sun or partial shade.
Foliage: Deciduous grass, foliage turns to yellow and then brown in Winter, fresh new foliage emerges in spring.
Soil and site: Any well drained soil.
Flowering time: Late Summer
Growth rate: Moderate
Ultimate height and spread: up to 40cm x 60cm
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and through the first season until established. Cut to ground level in Early Spring.