Hakonechloa macra is an eye-catching ornamental grass, forming clumps of elegant arching foliage throughout the season. It works well as path edging or underplanting shrubs, and looks stunning when combined with hostas and other ornamental grasses. But it works equally well on its own, especially as a focal point in a container. Its architectural blooms can be dried and used in flower arranging.
Hakonechloa macra ‘Beni-kaze’ is a wonderful variety, bearing short wide green leaves, which gradually turn red and purple as the season progresses. From late summer, pale green, slender, flower spikes appear, which develop yellow-green seedbeds and persist well into winter.
- Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade, partial shade
- Hardiness: Hardy
- Soil type: Clay / heavy / moist
- Botanical name: Hakonechloa macra 'Beni-kaze'
- Common name: Japanese forest grass
- Family: Poaceae
- Plant Type: Perennial, Deciduous