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Sisyrinchium chilense Hook.
Sword-leaf Blue-eyed Grass, Swordleaf blue-eyed grass
Synonym(s): Sisyrinchium ensigerum, Sisyrinchium scabrum
USDA Symbol: SICH2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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 Leaf Retention: Evergreen Size Notes:
6-8 inches. Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
BenefitNectar Source: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Seed Collection: Collect seed in May, when seeds are black.
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0741
Collected Apr 2, 1994 in Bexar County by Mike FoxNPSOT 0208
Collected Apr. 14, 1992 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff