Golden Sunset Indiangrass in fall.

Sorghastrum nutans 'MNYG318153' Golden Sunset® 

Plant Patent Applied for No. 62/995,225

First selected in 2005, and since 2010 propagated and trialed in several locations in Minnesota and the Midwest, Golden Sunset® yellow prairie grass was selected for its upright stature, clean olive-green foliage and numerous early yellow and golden-bronze flowers.

One of four dominant native grasses to the tallgrass prairie of the Central United States, Sorghastrum nutans, or yellow prairie grass, grows on a wide variety of sites and soils. Native plants in natural or restored prairies will be taller in southern states and shorter with earlier flowers in northern locations. Golden Sunset® originated from South Dakota, and has proven winter hardy as far north as USDA Hardiness Zone 3.

Golden Sunset® flowers first emerge in mid-August and remain attractive through the winter. Unlike most yellow prairie grass, Golden Sunset® remains upright and does not lodge or fall over. This new patented grass from the University of Minnesota will be a good addition to landscapes throughout the U.S. but especially in northern climates.

Plants grow to 4-6 feet tall at maturity, but are closer to 4 or 5 feet the first year or two. Large mature plants can be 36 inches wide, with hundreds of flowering stems. Most plants from this species available today have blue-green foliage, Golden Sunset® differs in having olive-green foliage that is just over ½ inch wide. Flowers average 9 inches in length and are a showy yellow and golden-bronze in color. Golden Sunset® has no known pests or diseases.

• For more cultural information, please contact Mary H. Meyer, University of Minnesota
• For more information on licensing, please contact BJ Haun, Technology Licensing Officer, Technology Commercialization, University of Minnesota, Phone: 612-626-8495

Thank you for your interest in U of M varieties.

Blue Heaven® and Golden Sunset® are trademarks of the University of Minnesota.

Did You Know

Sorghastrum nutans is one of four dominant native grasses to the tallgrass prairie of the Central United States. Previously, the UMN introduced Blue Heaven® little bluestem.