Sorghastrum nutans Golden Sunset™ - Indian Grass

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Golden Sunset™ Indian Grass
Sorghastrum nutans Golden Sunset™ 'MNYG318153'

Golden Sunset™ is a fabulous native grass with olive-green foliage and golden yellow flowers that attract butterflies. Indiangrass is very vigorous and works well when interplanted with assertive native perennials and other native grasses, in a more manicured landscape just remove the flower heads after flowering to reduce spread.

  • Olive green foliage
  • Golden flowers attract butterflies
  • Clump-forming native grass that remains upright
  • A selection from the University of Minnesota
  • Larval source from the Pepper and Salt Skipper Butterfly

Native Range

Found in prairies, open woods, fields and dry slopes.

Map Credit: The Biota of North America 
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)

Interesting Facts


Ornamental grasses are great for bird-scaping. Planting in groups will create a secure area for birds to nest and forage. Sparrows, finches and other birds will relish the seed in autumn. If you don’t cut them back until spring, they’ll provide cover for a wide variety of wildlife each winter.




Prefers a sunny, hot, and average to dry location. Tolerates a wide range of soil types including heavy clay. Cut back in spring just before the new growth begins.


Mature Size: 4-6ft. Tall x 2-3ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Sun Exposure: Full to part sun

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