A graceful, colorful groundcover for shaded borders and container gardens. Slender stems holding bright yellow leaves with thin green stripes create a tiny bamboo-like effect. Foliage becomes pink-tinged as the weather cools in autumn. Naturalizes well; clumps spread gently. 2009 Perennial Plant of the Year. An herbaceous perennial.
Plant type: Groundcover, Perennial, Ornamental Grass
Sunset climate zones: 2 – 9, 14 – 24
Growth rate: Slow
Average landscape size: Spreading, clumping habit slowly reaches 18 in. tall and wide.
Special features:Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Tolerates Urban Pollution
Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Garden style: Asian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
Design Ideas: This vigorous broad-leafed grass behaves a lot like a dwarf Bamboo without the spreading problem. It’s a ray of sunshine in shaded or dark-colored gardens. The golden grass-like leaves will brighten partly-shaded or dark-colored gardens. A great accent beside water gardens or at the base of arbor posts. An excellent Asian-garden plant.
Companion Plants: Himalayan Birch (Betula utilis); Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla); Hosta (Hosta); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Grecian Pattern Plant (Acanthus mollis)