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Sorghastrum nutans Golden Sunset™ 'MNYG318153' (Indiangrass) Sorghastrum nutans Golden Sunset™ 'MNYG318153' (Indiangrass)
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Sorghastrum nutans Golden Sunset™ 'MNYG318153' PPAF


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. 

Golden Sunset™ flowers first emerge in mid-August and remain attractive through the winter. Unlike most Indiangrass, 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 Indiangrass available today has 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. - University of Minnesota

Brand new! We have had Golden Sunset™ indiangrass in our trials for a couple of years and couldn't believe how well it performed. Early flowering with gorgeous golden flower plumes, this Sorghastrum nutans selection from University of Minnesota produces hundreds of flowering stems to create a real show in the fall. It also has a very upright habit that does not lodge or fall over like the straight species tends to do. 


4-6 ft


36 in


2-3 ft

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Indiangrass Interesting Notes

One of four dominant native grasses to the tallgrass prairie of the Central United States, Indiangrass, Sorghastrum nutans, grows on a wide variety of sites and soils. Native Indiangrass 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.  

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Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Landscape Plug™
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Green Infrastructure
Erosion Control
Native to North America
Propagation Type
Grass Type
Warm Season