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Plant Details

Sisyrinchium rosulatum

Fairy Stars, Lawn Blue-eyed Grass, Annual Blue-eyed Grass

Scientific Name:

Sisyrinchium rosulatum

Genus:

Sisyrinchium

Species Epithet:

rosulatum

Common Name:

Fairy Stars, Lawn Blue-eyed Grass, Annual Blue-eyed Grass

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Annual (Herbs Only)

Plant Family

Iridaceae (Iris Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink, Yellow, Violet

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

March, April, May

Growing Area:

Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Lawns, roadsides, meadows. Uncommon in NC Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Annual (Herbs Only)

Wildlife Value:

Not Assigned

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Habitat

Fairy Stars is a winter annual that is uncommon on the coast in meadows, lawns and roadsides.

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Flower

The small flowers vary in color - lavender, pink, white, magenta, or yellow - with maroon in the center. Sisyrinchiums are in the Iris family.

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Lara Berkley, Wilmington, May 2014

Leaves and stem

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Lara Berkley, Wilmington, May 2014

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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