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Sisyrinchium albidum (White blue-eyed grass)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Sisyrinchium albidum

Sisyrinchium albidum Raf.

White blue-eyed grass

Iridaceae (Iris Family)

Synonym(s): Sisyrinchium asheianum, Sisyrinchium hastile, Sisyrinchium scabrellum

USDA Symbol: SIAL3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

A stiff, grass-like, clump-forming plant, 8-15 in. tall. White, six-petaled, star-like flowers with yellow centers occur in loose clusters at the top of each flowering stem.

A member of the iris family (family Iridaceae) which consists of herbs growing from rhizomes, bulbs, or corms, with narrow basal leaves and showy clusters at the tips of long stalks. There are about 60 genera and 1,500 species, distributed in temperate and tropical regions. Among them, Iris, Freesia, Gladiolus, Bugle Lily, and Montbretia are popular ornamentals. Saffron dye is obtained from Crocus, and essence of violets, used in perfumes, is extracted from the rhizomes of Iris.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun

Distribution

USA: AL , AR , CT , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , ME , MI , MO , MS , NC , OH , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WI
Canada: NS
Native Distribution: Gulf Coast states, n. to NY, s. Ont., OH, s. MI & WI
Native Habitat: Prairies; sand hills; open woods

National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: FAC FAC FACU FACU FACU
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.
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Bibliography

Bibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
* The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Sisyrinchium albidum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sisyrinchium albidum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Sisyrinchium albidum

Metadata

Record Last Modified: 2012-10-03
Research By: TWC Staff

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