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Sisyrinchium albidum Raf.
White blue-eyed grass
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
, WI Canada: NS Native Distribution:
Gulf Coast states, n. to NY,
s. Ont., OH,
& WI Native Habitat:
Prairies; sand hills; open woods
National Wetland Indicator Status
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.
Record Last Modified: 2012-10-03
Research By: TWC Staff