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Sisyrinchium

Native to North or South America, Sisyrinchium is a large group of annuals and perennials forming clumps of stiff, upright, sword-shaped leaves held in a fan shape. Some are evergreen, while many others — especially in colder areas — die back to the ground in winter. In spring or summer, small, star-shaped flowers adorned with yellow centers appear on spikes at or just above the foliage. Easy to grow, they naturalize readily, so are best used in informal areas, such as cottage gardens, rock gardens and woodland gardens. Because of their small stature, they also work well at the front of borders or even as edging plants along paths.

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Olsynium douglasii (Grass Widow)

Olsynium douglasii (Grass Widow) is a clump-forming perennial noted for its dense tuft of narrow, sword-like, light-green leaves and its brilliant, intense reddish-purple flowers in early spring. Bowl-shaped, the satiny, nodding flowers are borne atop upright stems among the rush-like foliage. Grass Widow is a terrific plant for rock gardens or alpine houses.

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Sisyrinchium angustifolium 'Lucerne' (Blue-Eyed Grass)

Sisyrinchium angustifolium 'Lucerne' (Blue-Eyed Grass) is a clump-forming perennial noted for its tuft of narrow grass-like, dark green foliage which gives way to large, bright violet-blue, star-like flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), adorned with yellow centers. Borne atop branched flowering stems, they bloom profusely in late spring and early summer.

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Sisyrinchium angustifolium (Blue-Eyed Grass)

Sisyrinchium angustifolium (Blue-Eyed Grass) is a clump-forming, semi-evergreen perennial noted for its dense tuft of narrow grass-like, light-green leaves and its clusters of delicate, violet-blue, star-shaped flowers, 0.5 in. across (1 cm), adorned with yellow centers.

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Sisyrinchium bellum (Blue-Eyed Grass)

Sisyrinchium bellum (Blue-Eyed Grass) is an erect, clump-forming, semi-evergreen perennial noted for its narrow, sword-shaped, blue-green leaves and its clusters of small, blue to violet-blue flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), adorned with yellow centers. Each flower lasts only one day but they are produced in great quantities.

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Sisyrinchium striatum (Pale Yellow-Eyed Grass)

Native to Argentina and Chile, Sisyrinchium striatum (Pale Yellow-Eyed Grass) is a semi-evergreen perennial that forms tufts of long, upright, sword-shaped, gray green leaves. In late spring or early summer, multiple spikes of small, pale yellow flowers with golden centers and delicate purple stripes rise above the foliage before being followed by black seed pods.

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