Hakonechloa macra, commonly called Hakone grass, is a rhizomatous, shade-loving, deciduous perennial grass that is native to both moist mountain areas including wet rocky cliffs and moist woodland areas in central Japan, including areas around Mt. Hakone from which both its genus name and common name are derived. Other common names include forest grass and Japanese forest grass. Gracefully arching, linear-lanceolate, bright green leaves (to 10" long and 3/8" wide) form dense, spreading, cascading mounds to 12-18" tall and to 24" wide. Leaves have a papery texture resembling the leaves of some types of bamboo. 'All Gold' is a more compact cultivar featuring bright golden yellow leaves. It typically grows to 14" tall and will spread over time to 18" wide. Yellow-green flowers bloom in loose, nodding panicles (to 6" long) in mid to late summer. Flowers have a delicate beauty on close inspection, but are not particularly showy from a distance.