Hakonechloa macra is an eye-catching ornamental grass, forming clumps of elegant arching foliage throughout the season. It works well as path edging or underplanting shrubs, and looks stunning when combined with hostas and other ornamental grasses. But it works equally well on its own, especially as a focal point in a container. Its architectural blooms can be dried and used in flower arranging.
Hakonechloa macra 'Beni-kaze' is a wonderful variety, bearing short wide green leaves, which gradually turn red and purple as the season progresses. From late summer, pale green, slender, flower spikes appear, which develop yellow-green seedbeds and persist well into winter.
For best results, grow Hakonechloa macra 'Beni-kaze' in moist, humus-rich soil in full sun to partial shade. Cut foliage down before new growth starts in spring and mulch annually with well-rotted manure or compost.
Hakonechloa ‘Beni-kaze’ and wildlife
Hakonechloa ‘Beni-kaze’ has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.
Is Hakonechloa ‘Beni-kaze’ poisonous?
Hakonechloa ‘Beni-kaze’ has no toxic effects reported.