Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium sp.sagittiferum and 'Suwannee')

Blue-eyed grass looks like a small clumping grass but it's actually a native iris. This sweet little species blooms its head off for several months in spring, usually March-May in our part of the country.

We're lucky to have two species on our property. The Texas native sp. sagittiferum grows out of the caliche paths. Its blue-green fronds are more sparse than those of the bright-green Suwannee, a Florida native I've planted close to the house.

No matter which variety, it's a tough little customer-- drought-tolerant, deer-resistant, cheerful through 100-degree days and evergreen through winter's freezing nights. The Suwannee I had in Florida survived two hurricanes in three weeks.

You've got to love a plant that lives through blue tarp time.

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