When it comes to selecting ornamental grasses there is something about native grasses that steal the show. From natural survivability adapted for the region to a grower's contribution to the local environment, it's hard to go wrong with local selections.
The Standing Ovation Little Bluestem (schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation') is a fine example. The native plant Little Bluestem has grown in prairies of the United States for decades and decades, and as such has adapted to the conditions typical of the rolling plains.
The Standing Ovation Little Bluestem is a warm season grass, waiting until later in spring to start greening for its growing season. This grass loves heat, and is very tolerant of dry soil while soaking in unrestricted full sun.
The seed heads of this plant developing are a cause for celebration! Not only does it add attractive texture to your garden, but the seeds are also a great source of food for local birds who will come flocking for a snack!
One of the more interesting qualities of this ornamental grass is the wide variety of foliage colors based on the current season. In the summer it earns the name Standing Ovation Little Bluestem with tall, clustered growth of blue green blades of grass with a deep purple base.
As summer comes to an end, however, the cold of the season starts to bring out brilliant fiery colored foliage through fall. Winter to early spring views benefit from this little bluestem as well! Just wait till you see this ornamental accented by a fresh sheet of untouched snow.
Another defining feature of the Standing Ovation Little Bluestem is its tight, upright natural growth pattern. The clean growth of this ornamental grass makes it appear uniform with very little attention from you required!
This attractive grass adds texture and interest to your gardens all season long. Order yours today!
The Standing Ovation Little Bluestem is the ornamental grass to border perennial gardens.This selection of the native Little Bluestem was made because of its fantastic upright form that does not flop, but makes an excellent hedge, backdrop or more formal application because of the form.
Like many grasses, this Little Bluestem grass also contributes to the environment as a form of erosion control.
The dense, deep growing root system of this ornamental plant can be grown on hills surrounding your yard to add some appeal to the landscape while preventing the soil from displacing over time.
The compact upward growth of this grass makes it a perfect fit for solo planting! This makes it a great addition to many island planting methods, or even just a different take on planter and container plants!
If allowed to grow freely the height of the Standing Ovation Little Bluestem can rival that of some low-growing privacy shrubs. Use this to your advantage and plant several of these grass shoots in sequence to create a heat-tolerant border to your paths or plant beds.
When first planting your Little Bluestem it is best to wait until either mid spring or late summer/early fall. This gives the plant time to settle into its new home before frost or intense heat starts to damage new growths.
The Standing Ovation Little Bluestem is tolerant of a wide range of soils, but does not fare well in heavy moisture. Refrain from overwatering your grass, and if possible plant in lower fertility soil.
This Little Bluestem species is particularly susceptible to lack of sunlight. It takes very little shade to stunt this grass's growth and development, so be sure this ornamental is planted with plenty of potential for full sun.
Early spring, the old foliage and flower stems should be cut down do just a few inches each year just before the new growth begins. If your clump has gotten too wide, a portion can be spaded out from the mother plant leaving a portion in the ground and removing a chunk to another part of your landscape.
You shouldn't have to worry about your Standing Ovation Little Bluestem much as your typical plant. Adapted to many environments from seaside to arid climates, this grass is even deer and pest resistant!
For an attractive and hardy addition to your garden look no further than the Standing Ovation Little Bluestem. Order yours today from Nature Hills!
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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|Botanical Name||Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation'|
|Mature Height||3 - 4 feet|
|Mature Spread||12 - 18 inches|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Soil Type||Well Drained|
|Fall Color||Yellow, Orange, Red, Burgundy / Purple|
|When To Prune||Early Spring|