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Sisyrinchium sagittiferum Bickn.
Blue-eyed grass, Spearbract blue-eyed grass
USDA Symbol: SISA3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
This species grows 8–12 inches tall, in clumps, on threadlike stems. Leaves are narrow, 4–6 inches long. The flowers are bluish to purple, occasionally white, with 6 tepals, 1/2–3/4 inch across, and a yellow center (248).
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 Flower:
Flowers 1/2 inch
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May
AR , LA , TX Native Habitat:
Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannahs, Roadsides, Woodlands edge, Opening USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay Caliche type, Limestone-based
BenefitUse Ornamental: Perennial
garden, Wildflower meadow, Shortgrass meadow, Can be mowed, Blooms ornamental Conspicuous Flowers:
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff