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Sisyrinchium angustifolium 'Lucerne'

Blue-eyed Grass

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Bright blue, star-shaped flowers with gold centers rise above fine, semi-evergreen, iris-like foliage from May to June. Use it at the front of a border, in rock gardens, to line pathways or at the woodland's edge. Excellent for edging.

Benefits

Important nectar source for pollinators
Provides good cover for small wildlife
Cardinals, song sparrows, house finches and other songbirds eat the seed
Bright blue flowers with gold centers are good cut flowers
Deer resistant plant that thrives in full sun

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows best in medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun but tolerates light shade. Will freely self-seed in optimum growing conditions. Plants may be sheared back after bloom to avoid any unwanted self-seeding and/or to tidy foliage for remaining part of the growing season. Divide every 2-3 years to keep plantings vigorous.


Height
8-10 Inches

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Spread
8-10 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Native Range

Grassy openings; Newfoundland to Minnesota south to Texas and Florida.

Native Trivia

Sisyrinchium is native to sand plain prairies, one of the world's most imperiled ecotypes. Places like Cape Cod or the Jersey Pine Barrens are delicate ecosystems home to this and many other rare and endangered species.


"This little blue flower is a major source of nectar for native bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies."

Good Companions
Windflower (Anemone canadensis)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Sun
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Mammals
Songbirds
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Coastal
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Border
Edging
Ground cover
Meadow
Naturalizes
Rock garden
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin