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Sisyrinchium (sis-ih-RING-key-um)

Common Name:  Blue-eyed grass

Light:  - Full sun to part shade

Soil:  Average to rich, moist but well-drained

Moisture:  Average to slightly moist

Blooms:  Summer

Zones:  3 - 8


Sisyrinchium 'Lucerne'

Sisyrinchium Description and Cultural Information

Sisyrinchium angustifolium, blue-eyed grass. 10". Blue-eyed grass grows in tufts of flat, grass-like foliage with little clusters of blue, star-like flowers. It is not really a grass but a member of the Iris family. Flowers bloom for a long time in summer, opening in the afternoon on a sunny day, but remaining closed in cloudy weather. 'Lucerne' is a nice, relatively large flowering variety.

How to Grow:  Plant blue-eyed grass in average to rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. In the wild they tend to grow in naturally damp conditions but in gardens they can be quie drought tolerant. Divide plants in late summer after flowering if needed for propagation, plus tey will occasionally produce self-sown seedlings.

Landscape uses:  Use blue-eyed grass as an edging or in masses in the perennial border. Combine it with low growing groundcovers such as dwarf sedum or thyme or with clumping geraniums and daylilies.

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