Sisyrinchium atlanticum E.P. Bicknell
Eastern Blue-eyed Grass
Iridaceae (Iris Family)
Synonym(s): Sisyrinchium apiculatum, Sisyrinchium mucronatum var. atlanticum
USDA Symbol: SIAT
A grass-like, clumped perennial, to 20 in. high, with pale-green foliage and flattened flowering stems terminating in loose clusters of pale-blue, six-petaled, yellow-centered flowers.
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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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MO , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT
Native Distribution: ME to MI (locally), s. to FL & MS
Native Habitat: Meadows, marsh edges & thin woods near shores & coasts
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Moist soils; usually sandy or rocky-acid.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: 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. Allow the tiny, black seeds to air dry before storing in a sealed, refrigerated container.
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Sisyrinchium atlanticum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sisyrinchium atlanticum in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2016-07-08
Research By: TWC Staff