Standing Ovation Little Bluestem Grass
Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Standing Ovation’
2022 Perennial Plant of the Year!
Summer through fall, the slender leaves and stems of little bluestem are an ever-changing kaleidoscope of gray-green, blue, pink, purple, copper, mahogany, red, and orange tones. Wispy silver-white seed heads sparkle in autumn sunlight and coppery brown leaves persist through winter.
Little bluestem is a tough and dependable clumping grass that blends well with perennials such as asters, sedums, coneflowers, and other grasses. Native grasses play their part in the pollinator story too. Little bluestem is a larval host for a variety of butterflies and moths such as crossline skipper, Dakota skipper, and Ottoe skipper.
Native to a broad swath of North America, it was one of the dominant grasses of the vast tallgrass prairies. In average to lean, well-drained soils, stems will remain upright but can flop easily if conditions are too rich or moist. Cultivars have been selected for shorter plants, enhanced leaf colors, and stronger stems.
Check out Standing Ovation Little Bluestem variety for it’s sturdy, tight, upright stems in blue-green, purple closer to the base. Silver flower spikes in late summer followed by superb fiery fall colour. Tolerates heat and humidity, making it ideal for our summers here in southern Ontario. Provides excellent winter interest. Zone 3.