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Sisyrinchium albidum Raf.
White Blue-eyed Grass
Iridaceae (Iris Family)
Synonym(s): Sisyrinchium asheianum, Sisyrinchium hastile, Sisyrinchium scabrellum
USDA Symbol: SIAL3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
A stiff, grass-like, clump-forming plant, 8-15 in. tall. White to blue, six-petaled, star-like flowers with yellow centers occur in loose clusters at the top of each flowering stem.
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
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 15 inches tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: White to blue, often purple tinged, with yellow centers.
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , CT , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , ME , MI , MO , MS , NC , OH , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WI
Native Distribution: Gulf Coast states, n. to NY, s. Ont., OH, s. MI & WI
Native Habitat: Prairies; sand hills; open woods
National Wetland Indicator Status
BibliographyBibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
Bibref 1294 - The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.
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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Sisyrinchium albidum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sisyrinchium albidum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Sisyrinchium albidum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-02-27
Research By: TWC Staff