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Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation'

Standing Ovation Little Bluestem

Bluish-green, upright foliage gives a sizzling display of oranges, reds, yellows and purplish-browns in the autumn. 'Standing Ovation' thrives in poor, dry soils and its seed heads are prized by native songbirds. It provides winter landscape interest and cover for birds and other native critters.

Benefits

Attracts birds and butterflies
Drought resistant and easy to grow
Native songbirds love its seed in fall & winter
Provides cover for ground birds and small mammals
Brilliant, fiery-colored foliage through fall
Perfect for massing to form a colorful sweep!

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefers average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Adaptable wide range of soil conditions. Cut back in late winter to early spring before the new foliage begins to grow.


Height
3-4 Feet

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Spread
10-12 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Native Range

Found in woodlands edge, hillsides, slopes, prairie, plains, meadows, pastures and savannahs.

Native Trivia

Skippers and "true" butterflies are closely related. Skippers were named for their quick, darting flight patterns. Skippers have antennae clubs that look like backward crochet hooks while butterflies have a club-like tips to their antennae.


"This is a Smörgåsbord for small song birds all winter long!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Grasses
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Sun
Soil
Acidic
Heavy clay
Humus-rich
Saline or alkaline
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Mammals
Songbirds
Bloom Time
Fall
Late Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Coastal
Desert
Forest
Grassland
Riparian, wetland
Foliage Color
Blue-green
Green
Uses
Accent
Border
Container
Cut or dried flower
Drought tolerant
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Specimen
Wind tolerant
Native to
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