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Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation'

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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