Schizachryum Standing Ovation has spiky bluish-green stems that emerge in the late spring. During the summer, its sturdy, upright stems have a blue cast with a dark purple coloration near the base of the plant. As autumn approaches, the leaves and stems transition to a sizzling display of vivid purples, vibrant reds and autumn oranges. The seed heads add texture to autumn and winter gardens.
Schizachyrium is a clump-forming ornamental grass with a height of 3 to 4 feet when in bloom, and maintains tidy 12-inch wide clumps. It tolerates a wide range of growing conditions including poor, dry soils. Unlike the species, ‘Standing Ovation’ continues to stand upright even when kept slightly moist or with too much fertility.
With its foliage colorations and habit, Schizachyrium ‘Standing Ovation’ provides vivid displays of multi-seasonal interest.
Little bluestem is best utilized as a vertical accent in perennial borders, as a screen in mass plantings or to provide spectacular displays in decorative containers. When looking for something new to add to gardens, ‘Standing Ovation’ is definitely worth considering.