Mature Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation' with summer colors.
Close-up of fuzzy Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation' seed tufts.
Mature Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation' with autumn colors.
Mature Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation' in 1-gallon pots.

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation' (Little Bluestem) Unity Grown

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Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem) is a native perennial grass that grows in foot-wide clumps from two to four feet tall with blue-green blade-shaped foliage and purple-bronze flowers that turn to fluffy white seed heads in the fall. Little bluestem is a highly adaptable plant, proving tolerant to snow, rain, drought, flood, deer browsing, and a variety of soils including clay and saline conditions, but does best in drier soils.

The 'Standing Ovation' cultivar features deeper blue colors with red tips on the leaf blades, which are wider than those found on straight species plants. In the fall, 'Standing Ovation' takes on deeper hues of red and maroon than the bronze-orange of its parent plant, and these darker colors persist through the fall and winter.

Native to Maryland and Native to U.S.
Mature Plant Height: Medium: 30-48"
Sun (6+ hours)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry and Dry
Soil Type: Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Summer and Fall
Flower Color: Multi-color
Foliage color: Blue-Gray
Features: Attracts Birds, Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths, Fall Color, and Winter Interest
Tolerances: Clay Soil Tolerant, Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Flood Tolerant, and Salt Tolerant
Garden Type: Meadow and Small Space

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