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Sisyrinchium angustifolium

Narrowleaf Blue-eyed grass

Scientific Name:

Sisyrinchium angustifolium

Genus:

Sisyrinchium

Species Epithet:

angustifolium

Common Name:

Narrowleaf Blue-eyed grass

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Iridaceae (Iris Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Blue

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

March, April, May, June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Woodlands, forests, meadows, sandhill swales. Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Semi-evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

Some sources note that roots should be divided every two years. If it dries out it will decline. Some indication that this plant has branched stems while Common Blue-eyed Grass (S. montanum) has single stems.

Plant in early Spring

In early spring it resembles a weedy grass - that light flat open center. Look more closely, you can see the iris characteristics.

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Black Mountain
© MB Baumeister

Blooms

The tiny blooms are hard to photograph.

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Black Mountain
© MB Baumeister

Closeup of a Bloom

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Black Mountain
© MB Baumeister

Seed Pod

The plants seed readily and come up everywhere, which may be nicer than some delicate creature that needs constant nurturing.

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Black Mountain
© MB Baumeister

In the Garden

Used in a garden setting, it is an attractive spring border.

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Black Mountain
© MB Baumeister

Usually one to two flowers on the distally branched inflorescence and long flower pedicels

Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Sisyrinchium angustifolium. You will likely hear them called Narrowleaf Blue-eyed grass. This picture shows the Usually one to two flowers on the distally branched inflorescence and long flower pedicels of Sisyrinchium angustifolium

Bettina Darveaux

Close-up of large, vigorous clump.

garden in Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Sisyrinchium angustifolium. You will likely hear them called Narrowleaf Blue-eyed grass. This picture shows the Close-up of large, vigorous clump. of Sisyrinchium angustifolium

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Flora of North America



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