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Marcus, Joseph A.
Sisyrinchium minus Engelm. & Gray
Dwarf blue-eyed grass, Pink-Eyed Grass
USDA Symbol: SIMI2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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: Annual Habit: Herb Leaf Retention: Evergreen Size Notes:
6-9 inches tall. Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May
CA , LA , NC , OK , TX Native Habitat:
Sandy or silty soil in south Coastal Plain to central Texas; also LA; introduced elsewhere. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Sun , Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Dry , Moist Conditions Comments:
Effective used in mass in short grass or naturalized between flagstones, in front of beds or under deciduous
trees. Evergreen rosette
in winter. Will self sow. Will accept summer water.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: No
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- Austin, TX
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: DEW, JSC, ADA