Sisyrinchium bellum
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Sisyrinchium bellum

western blue-eyed grass
California blue-eyed grass

  family iridaceae 
  genus sisyrinchium 

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Genus  Sisyrinchium Species  bellum Variety  Cultivar  Common names  western blue-eyed grass   California blue-eyed grass Family  IRIDACEAE Specimen number  S11624 Data source  HtZn p169
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Evergreen Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  3" - 1' 6" Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water  Dry to moist Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 08a-10b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 08-03 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Sisyrinchium bellum can survive cold winter nights that go as low as 10� Fahrenheit. Western blue-eyed grass (also known as California blue-eyed grass) needs summer days with high heat. Full sun to partial shade is needed for this plant to do its best. It does well in dry to moist soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Sisyrinchium bellum is a perennial. Western blue-eyed grass (locally known in some parts as California blue-eyed grass) is evergreen. Leaves: This plant has grass-like. Flowers: This species has six petaled. Flowers begin in April and don't stop until July. Blossoms in such colors as violet, white and blue are common.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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