Schizachyrium 'Standing Ovation'

Hardy to Zone 3 | A Superior Selection of Little Bluestem Grass
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Features to Note


3 - 8

Mature Height

3 Feet

Mature Width

18 IN

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Moisture Requirements

Dry, Moist, well-drained

Soil Tolerance

Normal, loamy

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range
3 - 8
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


A native grass, little bluestem was once dominant in the tallgrass prairie region of central North America. Standing Ovation is a superior selection that features wider (than straight species plants) blue leaf blades with red tips.

In late summer, tall flower spikes shoot up from the exceptionally colored bluish green blades as the foliage takes on shades of purple at the base. In autumn, attractive clusters of fluffy, silvery white seed heads rest against its spectacular orange and red fall color and often persist through winter, a good food source for birds. Most winters see it standing tall and bronze, stunning against fresh snow, adding interest to the garden.

Clump forming, it has a tight, upright habit that maintains a uniform, somewhat formal appearance, never running and becoming weedy. This low-maintenance plant is best suited to sunny, high, and dry environments. It tolerates heat and drought (even sun-baked areas) better than most ornamental grasses and is an excellent choice for xeriscapes but is also well suited to rock gardens, meadow gardens, mixed beds, and containers. It's lovely planted in a border, and it's deer resistant.

Berlandiera, Salvia, and Leucanthemum make good companions.


Genus: Schizachyrium
Species: scoparium
Variety: 'Standing Ovation'
Item Form: 2-Quart
Category: Grasses
Clematis Pruning Groups: Group 3
Bloom Season Start: Late Summer
Bloom Season End: Mid Fall
Bloom Color: Blue
Habit: Upright
Days To Maturity: 750
USDA Zone Low: 3
USDA Zone High: 8
Uses: Beds, Border, Containers, Foliage Interest, Ornamental, Winter Interest
Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
State Shipping Restrictions: GU, HI, ID, PR, VI
Shipping Method Restrictions: none
Discount Exempt: No



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