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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.


North Creek Unique™ - This unique assortment has been discovered or introduced to the trade and shared with the world by North Creek Nursery. 

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
  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming