Schizachyrium scoparium Standing Ovation

Little Bluestem, Bluestem

$17.95 ea. (3+ discount) $17.50 ea.

Fall 2022

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Plant Code: SCSO

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2022 Perennial Plant Association's Plant of the Year. Worthy of applause, the tight upright habit of spiky bluish-green stems delivers an encore performance in autumn when its foliage transitions to a brilliant fiery display of orange, red and yellow hues. Received a top rating at the Penn State University Trial Gardens.

Native to the U.S., Schizachyrium is a beautiful vertical accent in perennial borders. S. Standing Ovation will self-seed, though not prolifically. The seed heads are an excellent food source for birds.


Type: Perennials, Grasses
Height: Tall 3' (4' in flower)
Spacing: Plant 12-18" apart
Bloom Time: Early Fall to Mid-Fall
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Mostly Sunny
Zones: 3-8   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Clay
Flower: Not Applicable
Patent: PP25,202
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • For a Slope or Bank
  • Deer Resistant
  • Hot Dry Site Tolerant
  • Good for Hedge
  • Humidity Tolerant
  • Seaside/Salt Tolerant

Schizachyrium General Information

Schizachyrium are North American natives valued for their winter color and interest. Ornamental Grasses are restricted from Idaho and Oregon. Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

Schizachyrium Plant Care

Prefers dry, not especially fertile soil. Does not tolerate wet soils. Can be divided in spring when needed. Cut back in early spring leaving 3-4" of previous years growth. Will self sow.