USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. Vol. 1: 543.
WILD SEED PROJECT IS OFFERING SEEDS, SO THIS SPECIES IS NOT A PRIORITY.
Where Commonly Found: Meadows, fields, shores of rivers, lakes and wetlands, CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT.
How to Identify:
(For unfamiliar words: Wikipedia Glossary of Botanical Terms).
Go Botany Key to Sisyrinchium angustifolium.
Missouri Botanical Garden webpage for Sisyrinchium angustifolium.
Flower Type: Umbel of flowers develops between the bracts of the spate with just a few violet blue flowers blooming at a time, May to June. Each flower is 3 petals and 3 sepals appearing as 6 pointed and veined tepals with a yellow eye on branched, distinctly flattened stems.
Leaf Arrangement: Clump forming wit
Leaf Type: Grass-like, light green leaves, broadly winged, generally 12″, but can be up to 20″ long by 1/10″ – 1/4″ wide.
Seed Collection: 3 seeded capsules with small black seeds that can be carried by the wind. Dave’s Garden website suggests bagging seedheads to capture ripening seed, another says to allow pods to dry on the plant.
Attracts: Not noted as attractive to pollinators/wildlife
Use: Excellent Ground Cover for Pollinator Garden
Light: Full Sun to Part Sun
Hardiness Zone: 4 to 9 USDA Zone Map
Soils: Moist to Wet
Notes: Grass-like plant that is actually of the Iris family, providing early violet-blue flowers leading to plentiful self-sowing seeds for an excellent ground cover.
Native to Eastern, Mid-Western and Southern US: Biota of North America Program (BONAP) – North America Plant Atlas (NAPA).