variegated hakone grass

sandy0225(z5 Indiana)July 12, 2005

A man from texas sent me some "variegated hakone grass", last fall. It was too late here to reasonably put it outdoors, so I stuck it in the greenhouse and divided, divided it all winter. This spring I put it outside and it's gorgeous. It's more like a ribbon grass color, with white and just a hint of pink and green striped leaves. So far, it's grown to about knee high. Do you guys think this would survive in zone 5, or is this something I should dig up for winter?

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Some of the green and white variegated varieties are hardy to zone 4. If I had a greenhouse, I'd leave some out, mulched, and put some in the greenhouse for protection.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2005 at 12:33PM
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Mine survives in Zone 6. I love the stuff too!


    Bookmark   July 13, 2005 at 7:30PM
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I've found it tough as nails for me here in zone 3/4 with no protection.

I have two forms of variegated Hakone grass, and neither have white as a predominant color. It is usually a VERY slow grower and I'm surprised that you had to do so much dividing.


    Bookmark   July 16, 2005 at 3:46AM
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john_4b(z4b WI)

If it's Hakone grass, it should not be a problem to overwinter it in zone 5. I question that it is already knee high, as mine never gets knee high, and it is a very slow grower. Takes years before the clump is ready to divide.

It isn't ribbon grass, Phalaris arundinacea, is it? That grass seems to be taller, a more rapid grower, and a spreader. It is also hardy in zone 5.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ribbon Grass info

    Bookmark   August 10, 2005 at 11:52AM
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I think John is on to something with his suggestion that you are dealing with Phalaris and not Hakone. If it's Phalaris or "Ribbon Grass," do the best thing possible and plant it with an underground barrier all around it somewhere where you can see early or late light through its foliage. I just sheared my ribbon grass to the ground about 2 weeks ago and there is already 10 inches of fresh new foliage standing. What fun as long as you keep the stuff from spreading throughout the garden! I love that it can (and really should) be shorn mid-summer for a fresh push of fine foliage.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2005 at 1:17AM
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