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Sisyrinchium mucronatum (Needletip Blue-Eyed Grass)

Needletip Blue-Eyed Grass, Slender Blue-Eyed Grass, Sisyrinchium intermedium, Sisyrinchium atlanticum

Sisyrinchium mucronatum, Needletip Blue-eyed Grass, Sisyrinchium intermedium, Sisyrinchium atlanticum, perennial plants, long-lasting flowers, Blue Flowers
Sisyrinchium mucronatum, Needletip Blue-eyed Grass, Sisyrinchium intermedium, Sisyrinchium atlanticum, perennial plants, long-lasting flowers, Blue Flowers

Sisyrinchium mucronatum (Needletip Blue-Eyed Grass) is a clump-forming perennial noted for its dense tuft of narrow grass-like green leaves and its delicate, pale to deep blue, star-shaped flowers, 3/4 in. across (2 cm), adorned petals tipped with a conspicuous needle-like point. A bright spot at the base of each tepal creates a yellow throat, with a bouquet of bright yellow-tipped stamens in the center. Borne in clusters of 2-4 blossoms atop short, slender stalks, they bloom, usually one at a time, for a few weeks in spring to summer. Native to Canada and the southeastern U.S.A., Needletip Blue-Eyed Grass occurs naturally in fields, meadows, shorelines and forest edges. It is a charming plant for naturalizing in moist meadows or planted in groups in the front of borders.

  • Grows up to 6-18 in. tall (15-45 cm) and 6-8 in. wide (15-20 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun or light shade, in moist, well-drained soils. Will tolerate dry spells once established.
  • Great for beds and borders, native plant gardens, cottage gardens or rock gardens. Good as a groundcover too.
  • Propagate by seed. Sow in the fall (cold/moist stratification).
  • Native to eastern North America

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Iridaceae
Genus Sisyrinchium
Common names Blue-Eyed Grass
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid)
Height 6" - 2'
(15cm - 60cm)
Spread 6" - 8"
(15cm - 20cm)
Depth 6" - 8"
(15cm - 20cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Midwest, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Southeast, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama, Georgia
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Ponds And Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Sisyrinchium californicum (Golden Blue-Eyed Grass)
Olsynium douglasii (Grass Widow)
Sisyrinchium angustifolium ‘Lucerne’ (Blue-Eyed Grass)
Sisyrinchium angustifolium (Blue-Eyed Grass)
Sisyrinchium bellum (Blue-Eyed Grass)
Sisyrinchium striatum (Pale Yellow-Eyed Grass)
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Iridaceae
Genus Sisyrinchium
Common names Blue-Eyed Grass
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid)
Height 6" - 2'
(15cm - 60cm)
Spread 6" - 8"
(15cm - 20cm)
Depth 6" - 8"
(15cm - 20cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Midwest, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Southeast, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama, Georgia
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Ponds And Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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