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Sisyrinchium

This genus in the Iris family includes the familiar wildfloweres Blue-eyed Grass and Yellow-Eyed Grass.

Endemic to damp open woods, fields and slopes throughout the eastern and southeastern U.S., this unusual white blooming form of the more commonly known, Blue-Eyed Grass was kindly given to us by grass aficionado, John Greenlee. Perfect for cut arrangements, delicate 6-petaled starry blossoms with golden eyes illuminate attractive loosely arranged flower clusters rising on winged branching stalks. The neat foot long green leaves compose a compact Iris-like tuft that prefers well-drained sufficiently moist crannies, favors being divided every 2 or 3 years and looks best when massed in cottage gardens, native plant settings, border fronts and rockeries./p>

Blooms May–June

Size: 12" – 18" high x 6" – 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Sisyrinchium striatum</i>

Native to Chile, this elegant member of the Iris family is notable for its creamy multitudes of pale yellow blooms; each is centered with a deep buttery colored eye, and the back of each petal has a pronounced purple stripe—hence the epithet “striatum.” The slender flowering stems arise from erect, evergreen clumps of spiky green-gray leaves that extend to 18 in. Set off Yellow Blue-Eyed Grass with the dark, leafy foliage of Eupatorium ‘Chocolate’.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

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Ornamental Grasses: October All-Stars, Appealing American Natives

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Celebrated late season all-stars....

 

Offering superb versatility and non-coddle habits plus welcome deer resistance, the attributes of ornamental grasses are many! Most grasses are equally comfortable in formal or informal venues, and can be utilized as ground-covers, stand-alone specimens or for large-scale swaths. They are best situated so their shimmering inflorescences are backlit and set aglow by the afternoon sun. Bathed in amber, silver and sable colors, or smoky rose and violet shades, the graceful blooms become poetry in motion on gusty days. Apart from their kinetic appeal, many flowers and seed heads provide much-needed nourishment for birds along with bedding for their nests. Striking autumn color can be found among the blade-like foliage of Andropogon, Panicum and Schizachyrium, which splash purple, fiery red, and orange accents, while some Molinia radiate bright buttery yellows. Floral designers have long appreciated both their flowers and foliage in fresh or dried arrangements. Be sure to browse our online selections of ornamental grasses.

Ornamental grasses make commanding partners for American natives...

In hopes of showing the unique ambience that ornamental grasses impart, we decided to interweave a few of their images with some of our favorite American natives. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to usher some of these featured selections into your October garden.

 

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