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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

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Flora of North America


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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