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Red Wind Hakone Grass

Hakonechloa macra 'Beni-Kaze'

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Red Wind Hakone Grass (Hakonechloa macra 'Beni-Kaze') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Hakonechloa macra 'Beni-Kaze'

Hakonechloa macra 'Beni-Kaze'

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Height:  24 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Japanese Woodland Grass

Description:

An attractive mounding grass with cascading brilliant yellow leaves that are green striped; foliage will become increasingly red as the season progresses; great for containers, paired with hostas, or edging a water feature; excellent ornamental interest

Ornamental Features

Red Wind Hakone Grass' attractive grassy leaves are yellow in color with prominent green stripes and tinges of red. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous dark red in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Red Wind Hakone Grass is a dense herbaceous perennial grass with a shapely form and gracefully arching stems. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Red Wind Hakone Grass is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Red Wind Hakone Grass will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Red Wind Hakone Grass is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Naturalizing  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features