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Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation'

Standing Ovation Bluestem
Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation'
Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation'

An excellent variety for hot, dry areas with consistent green-blue, ribbon-like foliage that takes on hues of violet-purple in fall; silvery white seed heads persist well into winter; an outstanding accent plant

Ornamental Features

Standing Ovation Bluestem's attractive grassy leaves are dark green in color with showy silvery blue variegation and tinges of purple on a plant with an upright spreading habit of growth. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous violet in the fall. It has masses of beautiful spikes of purple flowers rising above the foliage in late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings.

Planting & Growing

Standing Ovation Bluestem will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

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full sun







20 inches


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