Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation' (Andropogon) - LITTLE BLUESTEM 'STANDING OVATION'

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"‘Standing Ovation’ is a cultivar which features blue leaf blades with red tips. Leaf blades are wider than those found on straight species plants. Fall color consists of attractive shades of red and maroon, with retention of such colors continuing late in the season (no “brown out”). The upright and rigid plant habit of this cultivar is typically retained without lodging when plants are grown in rich soils. ‘Standing Ovation’ was discovered as a naturally occurring whole plant mutation in Landenberg, Pennsylvania in the summer of 2003. Parentage is unknown, but ‘The Blues’ is considered to be a likely parent. U.S. Plant Patent PP25,202 was issued on December 30, 2014." Missouri Botanical Garden

'Standing Ovation' is warm season grass (develops in hot summer season, emerges slowly in spring).

It doesn't flop and is excellent grass for public spaces and private gardens, borders, modern stylish plantings, wild gardens, meadows or prairie-like landscaping. The best, if planted in smaller groups or masses (is small bed can be even one single plant). It look well with other grasses or combined with big flowers of Echinacea, Ratibida, Rudbeckias or Heleniums. Propagation is prohibited.

Blooming Time: August to February (the seeds are ornamental)
Size: usually about 3’ high x 1.5-2’ wide.
USDA Zones: 3 to 9
Culture: Sun to half sun, adaptable to many soils including drier or clay soil. It will grow in any site except wet or extremely acidic soils or in deep shade. Does well in heat and humidity.
Moisture Needs: average, medium to medium-dry, dry
Origin: species of S.scoparium is native grass from Alberta to Quebec south to Arizona and Florida. It naturally occurs in prairies, clearings, hills, limestone glades, roadsides, waste areas and open woods.
Deer/Rabbit Resistant: yes/yes (but young leaves can be grazed by deer).
Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators: it hosts caterpillars of at least 6 species of skippers. The seed provide food to a variety of small songbirds.
Attracts Hummingbirds: no
Pot Size: square 3.5" x 4" deep perennial pot
Picture Copyright: Andrew Marrs Garden Design

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  • 5
    Little Bluestem ‘Standing Ovation’

    Posted by Zach Childs on 20th Sep 2023

    Plants came in great shape.

  • 5
    Little Bluestem ‘Standing Ovation’

    Posted by MartyD on 11th Sep 2020

    Received as healthy plants. I’m excited about this one and hope it will do reasonably well where I have planted it (part-shade).