Growth Facts

Beni-kaze Japanese Forest Grass

Hakonechloa macra 'Beni-kaze'
An infinitely graceful Fringe with the bonus of stunning fall color.
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We are so pleased to be able to offer this exquisite Fringe for your landscape! Beni-kaze Japanese Forest Grass is a plant of infinite grace and charm. Forming a low, tidy mound, slender green blades radiate out from a central point. In late summer, the leaves begin to take on red highlights at the tips. By fall, the plant becomes a glorious mix of scarlet-red, tawny orange, and greenish yellow. Use Beni-kaze in your front entryway garden or foundation beds for elegant curb appeal. It’s also fantastic spilling over the edge of a retaining wall or container.

Growth Facts

The Story

Japanese Forest Grass is—you guessed it—native to the woodlands of Japan. Specifically, it is found in cool, moist mountain and forest regions on the main island of Honshu. The Japanese have long enjoyed this Fringe in the garden, primarily using it as a potted plant. The colorful selection known as Beni-kaze is relatively new (at least to the U.S.). Beni-kaze means “red wind” in Japanese, a reference to the rich red tones that appear when the winds of autumn have returned.

The Details

Add the wonderful aspect of movement to your landscape with Beni-kaze Japanese Forest Grass. The slightest breezes will tousle this delicate Fringe’s bamboo-like foliage, creating a soothing sound and mood in the garden.

How to Grow

In most cases, Beni-kaze Japanese Forest Grass is happiest in part shade. It definitely wants some shade in hot summer areas, and it tolerates full sun in cool northern and maritime climates. It appreciates regular irrigation, but needs good drainage. If kept too dry, growth will be stunted. Even under the best circumstances, Beni-kaze is a rather slow grower. In late winter, cut all old growth back to the ground with hand pruners or hedge trimmers to make way for fresh new growth in spring. Pests and diseases are rarely of any concern with this Fringe, and deer usually leave it alone.

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