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Miscanthus sinensis 'Gold Bar'

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Miscanthus (miss-KANTH-us) (Info)
Species: sinensis (sy-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Gold Bar
Additional cultivar information: (PP15193)
Hybridized by Smith/Horn/Christy; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2004

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jv123 On Mar 31, 2014, jv123 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

A very good looking grass, and one of the slowest growing I've ever planted. After the end of its first entire year in the ground, it was about a foot tall. Hopefully it gets taller this year.

Positive htop On Aug 5, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Zebra Grass 'Gold Bar' (Miscanthus sinensis), patented by Joy Creek Nursery in Oregon (U. S. Plant Patent PP15,193 - September 28, 2004), has a compact and upright habit. It originated as a nursery seedling created by open pollination of Miscanthus sinensis Strictus. The horizontal markings are much closer together than other banded miscanthus giving it a striking appearance.'Gold Bar' has 12-17 bands per leaf; whereas, M. 'Strictus' only has 2-3 bands.

It is a slow grower reaching a height of 5 feet in 8 years according to Joy Creek Nursery. It grows to be about 20 inches at the base. It prospers in full sun; however, it can take part shade. In hot regions some afternoon shade is best. If not receiving enough sun, it will not grow nor bloom as vigorously and has a tendency to flop over. Its circumference will slowly expand by short rhizomes; however, it will keep its tight clump form. Near the end of October, just above the blades.burgundy over white blooms begin to appear. They fade to beige. Divide 'Gold Bar' in spring or early summer. This dwarf ornamental grass can be used as an accent, a specimen and/or in groupings and tolerates a wide range of soils. It may be planted at water's edge and in coastal gardens. It can be grown in large containers as well. It is deer resistant.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Seymour, Connecticut
Gulf Breeze, Florida
Dublin, Georgia
Gainesville, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Eddyville, Kentucky
Lutherville Timonium, Maryland
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Middleton, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Seattle, Washington
Vancouver, Washington (2 reports)

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