Prevalent in the eastern half of this country, Schizachyriums are becoming a favorite of gardeners everywhere. These warm season clumping grasses have soft-looking, narrow blades, though most of the plant’s height is due to its flower spikes: sheer fluffy plumes of steel-hued seed heads that look great backlit or as part of a cut arrangement. Deciduous and drought tolerant, they will grow in almost any type of soil except those overly soggy.
Introduced by Pennsylvania’s North Creek Nursery, this new cultivar’s tidy upright stature gives you good reason to applaud nearly year round. The sturdy bundle of tight-knit blue stems with purple-hued bases and spiky blue-green blades, thicker than most in the genus, promotes a dogged constitution, splendid foliar colors and an arresting winter persona. Gauzy pewter-hued inflorescences plus the autumn encore of scintillating orange, red, ocher and purplish mocha shades further enhance ‘Standing Ovation’s strong performance that will keep you entertained in spite of rain, high wind, snowfall and dry impoverished sites. (PPAF)
Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 12" – 18" wide.
Hardy to zone 3.
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