Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation' is a clumping, upright, highly ornamental grass. The key characteristics that differentiate it from the parent species, are slightly broader leaves, and stiffer culms (flower stems) which help it maintain a more erect form as suggested by the cultivar's name. Also, the tips of the individual blades tend to shift toward purplish hues. As with the straight species, you can expect a stunning fall show when the plant turns to shades of gold and red. It typically grows to a height of 24 to 36", and up to 48" or more when in bloom.
Easy to grow under harsh conditions, including those found on green roofs. Unlike the straight species, 'Standing Ovation' will tolerate part-sun, fertile or moist soils, without flopping over. This erect habit persists well into winter, through strong winds and snow.
‘Standing Ovation’ was discovered by our friends at North Creek Nurseries as a naturally occurring whole plant mutation found in their trial gardens during the summer of 2003.
U.S. Plant Patent PP25,202 was issued on December 30, 2014.