Miscanthus sinensis 'Gold Bar'

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 2 Professionals
Common Name: eulalia
Type: Ornamental grass
Family: Poaceae
Zone: 5 to 9
Height: 4.00 to 5.00 feet
Spread: 3.00 to 4.00 feet
Bloom Time: August to February
Bloom Description: Burgundy
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Colorful
Tolerate: Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Black Walnut, Air Pollution

Culture

Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of a wide range of soils from well-drained sandy soils to the heavy clays present in much of the St. Louis area. Prefers moist soils. Best in full sun. Less vigorous with decreased flowering and tendency to flop in too much shade. Tolerant of summer heat and humidity. Clumps slowly expand in circumference by short rhizomes, but retain tight clump shape. Foliage should be left standing throughout the winter for visual interest and to provide protection for the crowns. Cut foliage to the ground in late winter just before new shoots appear. Propagate by division of the crown. Plants do not produce viable seeds.

Noteworthy Characteristics

‘Gold Bar’ is a clump-forming eulalia grass that is noted for its horizontally banded yellow and green foliage, dense-upright-rigid growth habit, compact shape and late flowering. It was discovered as a nursery seedling produced by open pollination of Miscanthus sinensis ‘Strictus’. It typically grows in a clump to 4-5’ tall. Leaf blades feature distinctive horizontal yellow bands that retain good coloration throughout the growing season. Flowers appear in corymbose panicles above the foliage in autumn (early frost in northern climates may actually prevent bloom). Tiny flowers emerge coppery-red (burgundy) over white maturing to beige. Panicles provide some winter interest. Foliage fades to tan after frost. Some nurseries are promoting ‘Gold Bar’ as an improved version of ‘Strictus’ (‘Gold Bar’ plants are shorter and feature more densely banded foliage). U. S. Plant Patent PP15,193 was issued September 28, 2004.

Problems

No frequently occurring insect or disease problems. In some areas of the U.S., miscanthus mealybug and miscanthus blight are becoming significant problems. Miscanthus mealybug causes stunted growth and is difficult to eradicate because it lives inside the stems. Miscanthus blight is a fungal disease which attacks the blades and sheaths. 'Gold Bar' reportedly has good resistance to rust spots.

Garden Uses

Versatile dwarf ornamental grass. Accent, specimen, grouping or mass. Borders, meadows, wild gardens, cottage gardens, naturalized areas or pond/water garden peripheries.