Sisyrinchium sagittiferum E.P. Bicknell
Blue-eyed grass, Spearbract blue-eyed grass
Iridaceae (Iris Family)
USDA Symbol: SISA3
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Flower: Flowers 1/2 inch
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May
DistributionUSA: AR , LA , TX
Native Habitat: Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannahs, Roadsides, Woodlands edge, Opening
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: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
National Wetland Indicator Status
BibliographyBibref 765 - McMillen's Texas Gardening: Wildflowers (1998) Howard, D.
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Sisyrinchium sagittiferum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sisyrinchium sagittiferum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Sisyrinchium sagittiferum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff