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Sisyrinchium bellum - Blue-eyed Grass

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Iridaceae (Irises)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Purple
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Sisyrinchium bellum (Blue-eyed Grass) -This California native clump-forming perennial has narrow bluish green grass-like leaf blades that stand erect to 6 to 12 inches tall. In the later winter to late spring (January to June) rises from the base the branched stalk bearing umbrella-like clusters of small six petaled metallic purple-blue flowers that have yellow centers. Flowering is followed by dark brown fruit which often release abundant seed, allowing the spread of the plant in the garden. Plant in sun or part shade in pretty much any soil, sandy or heavy, so long as there is drainage. It requires little irrigation and tolerates non- irrigated areas but will also do well in a moderately well-watered garden it is summer dormant when not irrigated though this period is much shorter in cooler coastal gardens. Cold hardy to at least 0 F and some report to below -15 F. Blue-eyed Grass is native to much of California (including Baja California) below 6,000 feet north to Oregon. A great plant in combination with bunch grasses, sedges, California Poppy and Lupine for a natural meadow or in the mixed border or even a container planting. Is particularly useful in heavier soils where other plants have a more difficult time and once planted will often colonize into open spaces in the garden. To tidy up plantings a summer to fall trim while dormant is recommended but not necessary.  The information on this page is based on research about this plant that is conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in the nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Sisyrinchium bellum.