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Sisyrinchium atlanticum

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Botanical Name: Sisyrinchium atlanticum (added by D. Kramb, 09-MAY-04)

Botanical Synonyms:

Sisyrinchium atlanticum (Lynn Cremona, 26-MAY-19)


Irid (D. Kramb, 09-MAY-04)

Monocot (Lynn Cremona, 26-MAY-19)

Common Names:

Eastern Blue Eyed Grass (Lynn Cremona, 26-MAY-19)

Chromosome Count:


General Description:

Eastern blue-eyed grass (D. Kramb, 09-MAY-04)

Plant height: to 23" Foliage: stems not winged, leaves upto 1/8" wide; outer bracts 1/2-3/4"; fused at base 1/8"; grass like leaves Flower: blue, occasionally white, petals notched or truncate Flowering time: May to July (Lynn Cremona, 26-MAY-19)

Distinguishing Features:

Stems thin, flattened and spreading, light green ~ Leaves linear, less than inch long, mostly basal ~ Flowers delicate, in umbrella like clusters blue to violet or pink, fugacious (falling early) ~ Seeds black, globular and pitted. (Lynn Cremona, 26-MAY-19)

Preferred Habitat:

Fields, meadows, open woods, marshes (Lynn Cremona, 26-MAY-19)



Native Range:

USA and Canada (Lynn Cremona, 26-MAY-19)

Status in the Wild:

Eastern half of USA and Canada. (D. Kramb, 09-MAY-04)

Common statewide in New Jersey (Lynn Cremona, 26-MAY-19)

Commercial Availability:


Sources Cited:

Https://www.cumauriceriver.org/botany/Sisyrinchium_atlanticum.html (Lynn Cremona, 26-MAY-19)

Additional Comments:

Https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=SIAT (Lynn Cremona, 26-MAY-19)

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