Golden Variegated Hakone Grass

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Light up your landscaping with this lemon-bright delight! Don't let its delicate appearance fool you, this hardy and shade-tolerant Grass offers beauty and strength! Golden Variegated Hakone Grass creates a golden glow in spring and summer and transforms into a pinkish-tan come fall!

The Golden Variegated Hakone Grass (Hakonechloa 'Aureola'), also called Japanese Forest Grass, is admired for its cheerful color and shade-tolerant nature. This vibrant grass grows lovely long leaves that emerge along thin stalks. Some even compare this festive grass to young bamboo! These brilliant leaves curve elegantly toward the ground, creating a river-of-grass-like display when planted en masse.

This charming warm-season grass is known for its neat and tidy nature. It maintains its mounding form without pruning or clipping. Landscape artists and gardeners also appreciate its long-lived nature, making it an excellent monetary investment and a great investment in long-lasting beauty. The Golden Variegated Hakone Grass establishes quickly and can live up to fifteen years!

Planting and Application:

Where should you plant this lovely Ornamental Grass? Why not spread the love and create a cohesive garden look by taking advantage of its versatile nature and using it throughout your garden? This grass isn't just a great choice for hard-to-plant areas and urban gardens, it makes quite the statement as a shaded border and sloped planting. Its decorative nature makes it an excellent accent plant for edges, corners, and shady nooks in your garden.

If given the opportunity, the Golden Variegated Hakone Grass will light up the area in front of your woodlands, under your favorite tree, or beneath assorted foundation shrubs. This low-maintenance grass also adds authentic flair to your rock garden along with deeply saturated color. For containers in well-shaded and partially-shaded locations, Golden Variegated Hakone Grass is a brilliant choice.

  • Yellow Variegated Foliage
  • Full Flowing Mounding Form
  • Pinkish Tan Fall Color
  • Low Maintenance & Versatile
  • Shade Gardens, Soft Edging & Filler, Facer Plants & Containers

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Hakonechloa Forest Grass is very hardy throughout USDA growing zones 4 to 9, and grows to a 2-3 foot wide cascading mound only 1-2 feet in height. Thriving in partial shade or morning sun with afternoon shade, these grasses do best in well-drained soil with average consistent moisture. Provide mulch and supplemental moisture during drought. Prune back close to the ground each spring, but be patient while this warm-season grass takes its time to green up in spring.

  • Partial Shade-Tolerant
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Enriched Well-Drained Soil
  • Warm-Season Grass Variety
  • Prune Early Spring

Golden Variegated Hakone Grass is stylish, long-lived, and low-maintenance. Need we say more? Order yours before they're gone! Now available at!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Golden Variegated Hakone Grass Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Hakonechloa 'Aureola'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 12 - 24 inches
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Yellow & Chartreuse Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring