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Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation' (little bluestem)

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Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation' PP25202

little bluestem

A North Creek discovery sure to give a brilliant performance in the landscape, worthy of applause.  It keeps a tight, upright habit throughout the entire season and has stood strong even in the rich soils of our trial gardens.

Sturdy, upright stems with blue cast, dark purple closer to base
Brilliant, fiery-colored foliage through fall
Blades are thicker than other Schizachyrium species

A warm season grass that does well in poor, dry soils.  Spikey bluish-green stems and leaves transition to a sizzling display of oranges, reds, yellows, and purplish-browns in the autumn.  Also provides winter interest before cutting back in early spring to make way for new growth.

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3-4 Feet


12-18 Inches


12 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

little bluestem Interesting Notes

'Standing Ovation' received a top rating at the Landisville trials - a 5.0! Read more about the Landisville trials here.

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation' Growing and Maintenance Tips

S. scoparium can be found in dry fields, prairies and woods from Maine to Alberta and Idaho, south to Florida and Arizona. Tolerant of a wide range of soils. Self seeds, though not prolifically. Cut to the ground in spring before new growth emerges. Best utilized as a vertical accent in perennial borders or as a screen.

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little bluestem Schizachyrium scoparium

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Landscape Plug™
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Green Infrastructure
Green Roof
Lawn Alternative
Erosion Control
Native to North America
Propagation Type
Tissue culture
Grass Type
Warm Season