Hakonechloa macra

3 × 9cm pots £35.97 £29.99
6 × 9cm pots £71.94 £39.99
9cm pot £11.99
available to order from midsummer
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Buy Hakonechloa macra hakonechloa: A cascading grass, ideal for edging

This grass dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: prefers a cool, moist environment in sun or part shade
  • Soil: moist, humus-rich soil
  • Rate of growth: slow, non-invasive
  • Flowering period: August to September
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A small, ornamental grass native to the wet, rocky cliffs of Japan's Honshu Island, including the area around Mount Hakone, after which the species is named. It is a slow spreading grass which builds into gently cascading hummocks of bright green that are useful as a simple understorey to light shrubs and as a soft edging to paths or steps. Fine, light sprays of lime green flowers appear during June and July, giving a billowing lightness to planted drifts. The clean, minimalist style of this grass makes it a good choice for formal courtyards or in minimalist urban planters and the fresh green foliage gradually acquires rich russet tones as autumn advances.

  • Garden care: Incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost into the planting hole. Leave flower heads to dry out through the winter, adding valuable texture to plantings. Apply a light mulch (3cm) of well-rotted garden compost after cutting back old foliage and before new growth emerges in spring.

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Notes on Hakonechloa macra

"Planted en-masse, this grass forms a beautiful emerald green carpet which lends a 'Japanese' air to planting groups. The added lightness of frothing flower panicles helps to extend seasonal detail."

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Yes, just getting established


I love different textures, my plants are just getting established, but are looking good. Coastal region, with strong winds.




I would buy this again and would recommend


Small plants when arrived but they look lovely now. Survived winter, getting bigger slowly but they are a slow plant. Can't wait to see them grow into each other to make a lovely mound. Would deffo buy again




They will be great this year once the weather allows them to


I planted them along side a path in a border. Various Dahlias and Hydrangeas behind them. They have all survived the appalling weather we have had here in Cornwall, blasted by wind and deluged with rain.




Bright green grass


Attractive vivid green grass doing well in partial shade, hopefully stopping the chickens spreading earth all over the lawns.




Excellent little grass


Useful little grass for moist shady spot adding to texture & movement. Well behaved & easy to grow

Granny flower



I have reordered this plant


I liked the picture in the catalogue of this grass. I have long, stone edged borders and it looks good overhanging them. I have ordered more.




Wonderful must have grass


Fabulous grass, my favourite Easy to grow, plant and forget! It improves over a few years forming a lovely compact clump which has an arching habit. Bright green in spring and summer and this year spectacular autumn colours. It' looks great by a pond where it caresses the water surface and has a lovely reflection. Can t have enough of these in the garden. It also looks lovely as a feature plant in a pot.




Lovely for a Japanese look


Beautiful Japanese grass, my favorite.




City garden success


The luscious grass is much admired - both in the full flush of summer green and as autumn colour. Cut back hard in February, it seems to come back stronger every year. Looks at its best when the wind moves its slender leaves like the waves of the sea.




Recommended ornamental grass


Elegantly cascading grass, lovely as edging or grouping under deciduous plants. Wonderful autumnal colour. Looks great in pots too.





4.9 10


Hello, I have a south facing terrace that is exposed to the westerly winds on a 3rd floor up. I have 2 troughs that I am thinking of planting up with grasses. I was thinking either Hakonechloa marca, festuca, or a Anemanthele lessoniana. The troughs are about 1m long and 20cm wide. I am thinking grasses as they are more likely to be able to tolerate the winds and drought of the position. Do you have any advice on what would be best - if grasses at all! thx

Midnight in Blue

Hello there Anemanthele lessoniana, Festuca and Stipa tennuissima are possible plants for a terrace as they will tolerate some wind. However even though they prefer a well drained soil they will still need to be watered, and 20cm wide containers is very narrow for most plants, -too narrow really for Anemanthele lessoniana. http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.Anemanthele-lessoniana,/sort.0/ http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/stipa-tenuissima/classid.1000000022/ http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/stipa-tenuissima/classid.2000019473/ http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/festuca-glauca-intense-blue-casblue-pbr/classid.2000019616/ http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/festuca-glauca-elijah-blue/classid.1993/

Hi, please could you identify the larger plant at the back of the photograph of the Hakonechloa macra as this seems to be a good combination, thanks Amanda


Hello, I am not sure which photo you are referring to, but the plants pictured with it include... a Sarcococca http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.sarcococca/sort.0/ a Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/euphorbia-characias-subsp-wulfenii/classid.78198/ and a Euphorbia mellifera http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.Euphorbia-mellifera/sort.0/


Hi I bought 3 of these plants and have had them over 5 years. I tend to cut them back in spring as I begin to see new shoots. I have not divided any of them. Every year they have become smaller and smaller and 2 of them have nearly died completly. I mulch well. What am I doing wrong? Is there anything I could to emcourage growth, as I'm thinking of buying some more - as they look lovely.

Black Lily

Hello, These plants love a reliable source of moisture, so it is important to make sure they do not dry out. Also, they like nutrient-rich soil, so make sure when you mulch, you use something like a composted organic manure.

2006 Planting Chelsea Flower Show enquiry Hi, I see you have plants available for the current show, but do you have a plant list for the 2006 award winner (Daily Telegraph,Tom Stuart Smith) available as I am interested in buying some of these plants? Thank you for your time, Kelly

kelly mackenzie

Hello Kelly, He did use a lot of plants in his garden - here is a list which includes most. Allium Purple Sensation Anthriscus Ravens Wing Aquilegia Ruby Port Astrantia Claret Carex testacea Cirsium rivulare atropurpureum Dahlia Dark Desire Euphorbia Fireglow Geranium Lily Lovell Geranium phaeum Samobor Geranium Phillipe Valpelle Geranium psilostemmon Geum Princess Juliana Gillenia trifoliata Hakonechloa macra Iris Dusky Challenger Iris Dutch Chocolate Iris Sultan's Palace Iris Superstition Iris Supreme Sultan Knautia macedonica Lavandula angustifolia Nepeta subsessilis Washfield Nepeta Walkers low Purple fennel - Giant Bronze Rodgersia pinnata Superba Rodgersia podophylla Salvia Mainacht Sedum matrona Stachys byzantina Stipa arundinacea (syn.Anemanthele lessoniana) Stipa gigantea Tulip Abu Hassan Tulip Ballerina Tulip Queen of Night Verbascum Helen Johnston I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Salvia suggestion please Please could you advise me? I am looking to use a Salvia to plant with Buxus balls, Hakonechloa and Lavender. I need a strong, long flowering and easy caring Salvia variety that will not grow too tall. Your advise would be invaluable Thank you Jackie

jackie middleton

Hello Jackie, Salvia nemorosa Caradonna probably has the longest flowering period, but it does get to 75cm tall - just click on the following lin to go straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/salvia-nemorosa-caradonna/classid.2000006629/ If that is too tall, then Saliva nemorosa Ostfriesland may be a better option http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/salvia-nemorosa-ostfriesland/classid.3545/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Tom Stuart Smith Chelsea 2008 Hello, I wondered if you could help me identify the plants that were supplied by Crocus for Tom Stuart-Smith's garden at the Chelsea Flower Show 2008. I would be very grateful if you could let me know. Many thanks Suzanne

Suzanne Hind

Hello Suzanne It certainly was a beautiful garden and it included the following plants.Rodgersia podophylla, Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea Strahlenquelle, Epimedium grandiflorum, Asarum europaeum, Hosta Devon Green, Paeonia Jan van Leeuwen, Astrantia major subsp. involucrate Shaggy, Selinum wallich, Darmera peltata (the one with the big, rounded leaves), and Hakonechloa macra. I hope this helps Helen Plant Doctor

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Which grasses can I grow in my troughs? Which grasses can I grow in my troughs?

Kerry Dyus

Some grasses do very well in pots, provided they are kept well watered. Below is a list of ones that should be suitable. Hakonechloa macra http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/grasses/hakonechloa-macra-/classid.2000004400/ Festuca glauca Elijah Blue http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1993&CategoryID=310 Luzula nivea http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/grasses/luzula-nivea-/classid.2002/,Uncinia rubra http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=2000002974&CategoryID=310



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