Schizachyrium Standing Ovation

Little Bluestem, Bluestem
$17.95 ea.
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2022 PPA 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.

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Code SCSO

Patent PP25,202

Plant Type Perennials, Grasses

Species scoparium

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

Soil Type Normal, Clay

Water Needs Low

Sold In Plantable Pots (3.5x3.5x4")

Special Features

  • Deer Resistant

Planting Sites

  • For a Slope or Bank
  • 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.

Plantable Pots

Our plants are grown in 3.5x3.5x4” plantable pots. Made from 100% biodegradable coconut husk fibers (coir), these pots have tremendous advantages over plastic pots. With better air exchange, this "breathable" pot fosters robust root growth and reduces transplant shock since you can plant the pots directly in the ground. The pot naturally becomes part of the soil on its own over time—no composting required—and since they're made from a renewable resource that requires very little energy, they're earth-friendly too!

100% Guarantee

We offer a 100% unconditional guarantee for all our perennials to reach you in good condition and to grow. If you're not satisfied, we'll reship or refund immediately. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns—we share your passion for gardening and want your new plants to thrive in your border!

Shipping Details

We use custom, earth-friendly packaging to make sure your order arrives in great condition, and we ship based on the best planting time for your growing zone (see the approximate dates below), unless otherwise indicated at checkout. If you wish, you can indicate a specific ship date during checkout.

Spring

  • Zone 3, 4: Early to Mid May
  • Zone 5: Late April to Early May
  • Zone 6: Mid to Late April
  • Zone 7: Early to Mid April
  • Zone 8: Late March to Early April
  • Zone 9, 10: Late March

Fall

  • Zone 2, 3, 4: Early September
  • Zone 5: Early to Mid September
  • Zone 6: Mid September
  • Zone 7: Mid to Late September
  • Zone 8, 9, 10: Late September to Early October