Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation' - Standing Ovation Little Bluestem

Standing Ovation Little Bluestem

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation'

  • AKA Andropogon scoparius 'Standing Ovation'
  • Sturdy upright stems with a blue cast, dark purple closer to the base
  • Leaves turn fiery-red in the fall and remain showy throughout the winter
  • Blades are thicker than other schizachyrium species
  • Silvery seedheads persist through the fall
  • Bloom Time: Late summer
  • Flower Height: 120 cm
  • Foliage Height: 90 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season



90-120 cm

50-70 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Grows best in an average well-drained soil, in full sun, tolerating drought, once established. Thrives in summer heat and humidity. Plants should be cut back in early spring to make way for new growth. Too much moisture or too fertile a soil will cause flowers to fall over, creating a messy look. Best used in masses, to wave in breezes.

Additional Notes about Standing Ovation Little Bluestem:

Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring. They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer. They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter. Most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions.