Let’s get the important stuff about Hakonechloa out of the way first. You pronounce it Ha-ckon-ee-kl-oh-ah – with the emphasis on the ee. So it sounds like “hackon-ee-kloa. Got it? 🙂
How To Grow
- This wonderful grass plant thrives in the part shade to shade garden although it is equally happy in full sun.
- The color is best in part shade.
- What it does require is a fertile soil that holds moisture during the summer but not the winter. In other words, a soil high in organic matter is good but not a clay soil.
Hardy to -15 to -20 C (-5F) or USDA zone 4 marginally.
By division in the early spring.
In theory, you can grow it from seed but you’re not likely to find it setting any unless you’re in a warm climate.
Tips For Designing With Hakonechloa
- This plant is simply spectacular when planted in large clumps of three or more plants. Each plant will expand slowly. It is not invasive at all in my USDA 4/5 garden.
- The leaves on the gold forms tend to hold their colour well into the fall while the green species have a red-flushed fall colour that is also attractive for a long time.
- It does brighten up a shady garden but it is not a plant for dry shade.