Western Blue-Eyed Grass

Western Blue-Eyed Grass

SKU: FL1205
Although its leaves are low growing and grass-like, Western Blue-Eyed Grass is more closely related to an iris than members of the grass family. This perennial is a very useful ground cover for shadier areas, as it prefers partial shade. Read More

Exposure Full-sun to partial shade

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More details about Western Blue-Eyed Grass

Sisyrinchium bellum. Although its leaves are low growing and grass-like, Western Blue-Eyed Grass is more closely related to an iris than members of the grass family. This perennial is a very useful ground cover for shadier areas, as it prefers partial shade. It is quite variable in height, depending on soil and light, but stays within a height range of 10-40cm (4-16"). It is thought to be native to Oregon and California, but it also occurs at higher altitudes, and can be found as far south as Baja California. The numerous, small, tidy flowers appear from spring into mid-summer. It works well in containers, and it looks amazing in mass plantings, but it does not stand up to foot traffic.

Quick Facts:

    • Perennial
    • Short-growing
    • Blooms spring to summer
    • Grows in part shade

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All About Western Blue-Eyed Grass

General

General
Low growing perennial that thrives in partial shade

Latin

Latin
Sisyrinchium bellum
Family: Iridaceae

Difficulty

Difficulty
Somewhat challenging

Exposure:

Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Hardy to Zone 7

Timing

Timing
Germination can be slow, and the seeds benefit from vernalization. Sow pre-moistened flats and seal them in plastic bags. Refrigerate for two to three weeks. Then move the flats outdoors to a shady location after all threat of frost has passed. Transplant as seedlings appear.

Starting

Starting
Sow seeds 2mm (1/8″) deep. Germination can take 30 to 180 days, so be patient.

Growing

Growing
Transplant after last frost into average, well drained soil. Sisyrinchium grows well in most situations, but it excels in moist, well-drained, fertile soil with pH of 6.5 – 7.8.

How to Grow Sisyrinchium

Step 1: Timing

Germination can be slow, and the seeds benefit from vernalization. Sow pre-moistened flats and seal them in plastic bags. Refrigerate for two to three weeks. Then move the flats outdoors to a shady location after all threat of frost has passed. Transplant as seedlings appear.

Step 2: Starting

Sow seeds 2mm (1/8″) deep. Germination can take 30 to 180 days, so be patient.

Step 3: Growing

Ideal pH: 6.5 – 7.8.

Transplant after last frost into average, well drained soil. Sisyrinchium grows well in most situations, but it excels in moist, well-drained, fertile soil.

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