Sisyrinchium bellum

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Sisyrinchium bellum
Sisyrinchium bellum
Sisyrinchium bellum

Species Name: Sisyrinchium bellum
Common Name: Blue-eyed Grass

Excellent meadow plant, prefers sun, and regular moisture during winter and spring until flowering. Goes dormant in summer, losing some or all of its leaves, and returns with winter rains.

Plant Family: Iridaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 12-18 in. H x 6 in. W
Growth Habit: Compact tufts
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Purple - Blue
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: California and Oregon
Natural Habitat: Open, generally moist, grassy areas. Woodlands. Elevation: below 7200'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A charming little plant belonging to the Iris family with light green grass-like foliage and forming clumps often 3 to 4 inches in diameter. The plants grow 8 to 15 inches high and bloom in spring. The flowers are bright blue with yellow centers. Thrives best in heavy soil. Very pretty in borders and rock gardens. Gallon cans, 35c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.