Sisyrinchium biforme and Sisyrinchium angustifolium -Iridaceae, Iris Family
DESCRIPTION: Erect, grass-like, herbaceous perennial
Height: To 2 feet
Flowers: Violet-blue or blue 1/2 inch wide late winter through summer
Fruit: Capsule 1/4 inch long
Foliage: S. angustifolium with and
S. biforme without leafy bracts,
both with grass-like leaves
12 inches long and 1/8 inch wide
Growth rate: Slow to moderate
Sun: Full sun to partial shade
Soil: Sandy or clay soils
Maintenance: Medium: mowing to clean up dead leaves
NATIVE HABITAT: Roadsides S. angustifolium, sandy locations S. biforme
WILDLIFE USE: Deer, quail, and turkeys eat leaves.
COMMENTS: This clump forming showy plan may be cut back after blooming to avoid unwanted self-seeding and/or to tidy the foliage.