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     Not a grass, Blue-eyed Grass actually is in the Iris family, but it has grass-like leaves that are semi-evergreen.  The leaves stand up and fan out like those of an iris, but they're narrower.


     It has star-shaped blue-violet flowers with sunny yellow centers that bloom profusely in late spring to early summer.  The flowers open in the morning and close at sunset.


     Blue-eyed Grass spreads by underground rhizomes and works well along pathways and borders.  It's easy to control and keep neat looking, and it makes for lovely cut-flower arrangements.  Butterflies, bees and songbirds are attracted to this plant.


     Blue-eyed Grass is a good substitute for non-native liriope.


     Fun fact: Native Americans cooked and ate the greens.


Stout Blue-eyed Grass

1 Gallon
    • Latin: Sisyrinchium angustifolium
    • Height: 1-2 feet tall; 1 foot wide
    • Spacing: 6 inches
    • Light: Full to part sun
    • Soil: Medium to dry, sandy loam
    • Bloom: Blue, late-spring to early summer
    • Foliage: Ribbon-like/grass-like
    • Pair with: Smooth Aster, Sweet Goldenrod
    • Landscape: Groundcover, meadow, rock or shade garden
    • Resistance: Deer
    • Native range here
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