Hakonechloa Albo Striata
Hakonechloea 'Albo Striata' Suzanne Patry, Whitehouse Perennials

Japanese Forest Grass

About This Grass

Hakonechloa 'Albo-Striata' is a graceful, cascading grass with ivory white stripes running along its narrow green leaves. Hakonechloa, also known as Japanese Forest Grass, prefers a shady site in rich, well drained soil. It is larger than other Hakone varieties making it useful to contrast with larger hostas. It is beautiful cascading over rocks, in borders or containers. Hakonechloa is deer resistant.

  • Height: 30-45 cm (12-18 in)
  • Spread: 45-61 cm (18-24 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4
  • Sun or Shade: partial to full shade
  • Bloom Time: late summer
  • Leaf Colour: variegated green and white
  • Bloom Colour: tan
  • Critter Resistance: deer

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Hakone Grass grows best in shaded woodland environments where the soil is moist and fertile. It does not grow well in clay soils and those that dry out. It also dislikes competition from tree roots. It is a slow grower and seldom needs division. In Zone 4 leave the old foliage on for the winter and do not remove fallen leaves or provide additional protection with evergreen boughs.