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Vick, Albert F. W.
Sisyrinchium angustifolium P. Mill.
Narrowleaf blue-eyed grass, Narrow-leaf blue-eyed-grass, Bermuda blue-eyed grass, Blue-eyed grass
Synonyms: Sisyrinchium bermudiana, Sisyrinchium graminoides
USDA Symbol: sian3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The numerous, narrow, light-green leaves of this perennial form dense, tufted clumps which steadily grow with new foliage during the season. The flattened, leaf-like flowering stems may be up to 18 in. long and bear light-blue, star-shaped flowers a few inches above the leaves. Height is 1-1 1/2 ft. Several delicate, blue or deep blue-violet flowers with yellow centers in 2 broad bracts top a flat stem, generally only 1 flower at a time in bloom; stems taller than the clusters of narrow, sword-shaped leaves near base.
Although the plant is small and has grass-like leaves, the flowers have all the features of the Iris family. The various species are all much alike and separation is based on such characteristics as branching pattern and leaf length. Common Blue-eyed Grass (S. montanum) is also a widespread species, with slightly wider leaves, over 1/4 (6 mm), and unbranched stalks.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Size Notes:
1-1.5 feet. Leaf:
Brown Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV Canada: BC
, QC Native Distribution:
Nf. to Man. & Platte Co., WY, s. to FL & TX Native Habitat:
Meadows; damp fields; low, open woods USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Medium Light Requirement:
Sun , Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Moist , Wet CaCO3 Tolerance:
Low Soil Description:
Moist, poor to average soils Conditions Comments:
This short-lived perennial
will decline if allowed to dry out. Heavy mulch causes crown rot and rich, organic soils encourage rank, vegetative growth. Plants need to be divided at least every other year.
BenefitUse Medicinal: Amerindians used root tea for diarrhea (in children); plant tea for worms, stomachaches. Several species used as laxatives. (Foster & Duke)
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Deer Resistant: No
Propagate by seed or division. Several dozen divisions can be expected from a mature, healthy specimen. Seed Collection:
Collect seed capsule
when they have darkened to brown and become wrinkled. Commercially Avail:
Mr. Smarty Plants says
Native ground cover to replace grass in Florida.
February 04, 2008
Where can I find a list of ground covers to replace my grass. I live in the south of Ocala Florida.
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Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 1022
Collected Apr 24, 1995 in Bexar County by Mike Fox
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Record Modified: 2012-10-03
Research By: TWC Staff