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Schizachyrum (Blustem) Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation' (Blue Stem Standing Ovation)

This little bluestem is remarkable for its very tight, upright habit, its thick blades, great drought resistance, and lovely colors: red tips transition through purple down to blue-green! ‘Standing Ovation’ is even beautiful as it goes dormant in winter, when its fine, upright foliage takes on a reddish amber tone. The only maintenance this easy plant requires is that the old growth be cut back in early spring to make way for new growth. It will self-seed and come back larger every year to fill an area, but this spread is slow and never invasive.

  • Height: 3-4'
  • Spread: 12-18"
  • Exposure:
Characteristics

Schizachyrum (Blustem) scoparium (Little Bluestem)

Also known as Prairie Beard Grass. Silvery blue-green foliage provides a great backdrop for prairie flowers in the summer. Turns a striking reddish-orange in the fall. Fluffy silver seed heads in the fall that are good for fresh or dried arrangements and winter interest. Non-spreading and clump forming. Needs good drainage.

  • Height: 2'-3'
  • Spread: 2'-3'
  • Exposure:
Characteristics
Characteristics
  • Attracts Birds
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    Rabbit Resistant
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Deer Resistant
  • Fragrant
  • Salt Tolerant
  • Shade
  • Wet Soils