japanese forest grass
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Japanese Forest Grass

Hakonechloa macra
Green, gold, or variegated leaves that arch gracefully. Clumps spread by underground runners but are not considered invasive. The most popular variety, 'Aureola,' reaches about 2 feet tall and has green leaves with yellow stripes in sun, chartreuse stripes in shade. Sun to partial shade; 14 to 36 inches tall. Hardy to -25 degrees F.

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