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™ 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, 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 Sorghastrum nutans, 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.
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