Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation'

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Common Name:
Little Bluestem
Plant Type:
Perennial, Ornamental Grass
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Garden Height:
24-48 Inches
Garden Spread:
30-40 Inches
  • Airy blue foliage with purple tints
  • Phenomenal autumn color
  • Resists flopping

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation' has wider leaves than other varieties. Throughout the summer the leaves become a brighter steel color with purple hues that make it look almost iridescent. Purple panicles appear in the fall with fluffy tan seeds and the foliage becomes a mix of purple, blue, red, pink, burgundy, and orange pigments. This plant produces lots of interest year-round!

This U.S. native was one of the dominant grasses of the tallgrass prairie which once covered much of central North America. Songbirds love the seeds, some butterflies use this as a food plant, and many native bees use bits of it for nesting material. Put a little piece of prairie in your own yard or meadow!
Uses: Borders, Containers, Cottage Gardens, Erosion Control, Landscapes, Mass Plantings, Naturalizing, Rain Gardens, Rock Gardens, Slopes, Xeriscaping
Nature Attraction: Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Critter Resistance: Deer
Notable Features: Colored Foliage, Tolerant of Drought, Heat, Humidity, Salt, Pollution, & Black Walnuts; Native
Growth Habit: Upright, Clumping
Homeowner Growing Tips: Grow in full sun, in well-drained soil. Tolerant of poor, shallow, rocky, or clay soils. Cut old stems down in early or late winter.

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