Dazzled by the big, bold inflorescences of pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana and cvs., Zones 5–11) but not the invasiveness? Check out Golden Sunset® yellow prairie grass. This native, selected by the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, will knock your socks off with its large, golden, featherlike plumes that appear in late summer and remain attractive through winter. Unlike other yellow prairie grasses, this sturdy, upright cultivar is no floppy pushover. It is an excellent choice for screening and creating dramatic sweeps of interest in the landscape.
Golden Sunset® yellow prairie grass
Sorghastrum nutans ‘MNYG318153’
Size: 3 to 6 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide
Conditions: Full sun; dry to moderately moist, well-drained soil
Native range: Eastern and central North America