PlantsSchizachyrium→Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation')

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 2 to 4 feet (61-122cm)
Plant Spread: 18 to 24 inches (46-61cm)
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2016 Plant Select Winner


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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 26, 2014 7:40 PM

Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) 'Standing Ovation' is a prairie grass native to North America. It is a very pretty grass, growing up to 3 feet tall, with a blue-green hue in the spring, maturing to a reddish purple in the late summer and fall. It also has considerable ecological benefits. It is a larval host plant for numerous butterflies, including the Aragos Skipper, Dusted Skipper, Leonard's Skipper, Cobweb Skipper, Indian Skipper, Swarthy Skipper, and Crossline Skipper. It also attracts butterflies, and provides nesting materials and structure for native bees. It is also used by wildlife for cover, nesting material, and grazing, and has seeds that birds and small mammals enjoy. It is an excellent choice for butterfly and bee gardens, and also for gardeners interested in creating and preserving native wildlife habitat in their yards.

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