Eulalia, Maiden Grass, Zebra Grass, Chinese Silvergrass 'Gold Bar'

Miscanthus sinensis

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
Registered or introduced: 2004


Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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

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


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

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Grover Beach, California

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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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 t... read more