Sisyrinchium minus Engelm. & A. Gray
Dwarf blue-eyed grass, Pink-Eyed Grass
Iridaceae (Iris Family)
USDA Symbol: simi2
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: Annual
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Size Notes: 6-9 inches tall.
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May
DistributionUSA: CA , LA , NC , OK , TX
Native Habitat: Sandy or silty soil in south Coastal Plain to central Texas; also LA; introduced elsewhere.
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
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Sisyrinchium minus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sisyrinchium minus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Sisyrinchium minus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: DEW, JSC, ADA