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Carlton, M. W.
Sisyrinchium langloisii Greene
Roadside blue-eyed grass, Dotted blue-eyed grass, Southern blue-eyed grass
USDA Symbol: sila5
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: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Flowers 1/2 inch
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May
AR , KS , LA , OK , TX Native Habitat:
Roadsides, Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannahs, Hillsides, Slopes 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, Limestone-based
BenefitUse Ornamental: Perennial
garden, Shortgrass meadow, Wildflower meadow Conspicuous Flowers:
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
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:
Brackenridge Field Laboratory
- Austin, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 1023
Collected Apr 24, 1995 in Bexar County by Mike Fox
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1288
Collected 2013-04-15 in Brazoria County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff