Sisyrinchium angustifolium ‘Lucerne’ – ‘Lucerne’ Blue-eyed Grass

Published on June 7, 2012 by Casey

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Blue-eyed Grass
Blue-eyed Grass

Bright blue, star-shaped flowers with gold centers rise above fine, semi-evergreen, iris-like foliage from May to June. Use it at the front of a border, in rock gardens, to line pathways or at the woodland’s edge. Excellent for edging.

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Benefits

  • Important nectar source for pollinators
  • Provides good cover for small wildlife
  • Cardinals, song sparrows, house finches and other songbirds eat the seed.
  • Bright blue flowers with gold centers are good cut flowers
  • Deer resistant plant that thrives in full sun

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

  • Grows best in medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun but tolerates light shade.
  • Will freely self-seed in optimum growing conditions.
  • Plants may be sheared back after bloom to avoid any unwanted self-seeding and/or to tidy foliage for remaining part of the growing season.
  • Divide every 2-3 years to keep plantings vigorous.

Native Range

Grassy openings; Newfoundland to Minnesota south to Texas and Florida.

Native Trivia

Sisyrinchium is native to sand plain prairies, one of the world’s most imperiled ecotypes. Places like Cape Cod or the Jersey Pine Barrens are delicate ecosystems home to this and many other rare and endangered species.

Characteristics & Attributes

    Plan Sub Group
    • Low Perennials

    Exposure
    • Filtered Shade
    • Sun

    Soil Moisture Preference
    • Average

    Attracts Wildlife
    • Beneficial insects
    • Mammals
    • Butterflies

    Bloom Time
    • Summer
    • Late Spring / Early Summer

    Critter Resistance
    • Deer Resistant

    Habitat Collection
    • Butterfly
    • Songbird

    Foliage Color
    • Green

    Uses
    • Ground cover
    • Rock garden
    • Edging

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