Drought Tolerant Blue-eyed Ornamental Grass For Xeriscape Landscaping

Blue-Eyed Grass Seeds

Flower Specifications

Season: Perennial

USDA Zones: 5 - 9

Approximate seeds per pound: 354,120

Height: 6 - 12 inches

Bloom Season: Spring

Bloom Color: Purple

Environment: Full sun

Soil Type: Moist, well-drained, pH 6.1 - 7.5

Deer Resistant: Yes

Latin Name: Sisyrinchium bellum

Planting Directions

Temperature: 70 - 75F

Average Germ Time: 28 - 35 days

Light Required: Yes

Depth: Press into soil, do not cover

Sowing Rate: 3 - 4 seeds per plant

Moisture: Keep moist until germination

Plant Spacing: 6 - 12 inches

Care & Maintenance: Blue-Eyed Grass

Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum) - These Blue Eyed grass seeds are sure to thrill you! As you might expect from the common name, Blue-eyed Grass, this little drough tolerant perennial has grass-like foliage with a blue-purple flower. It is categorized as an ornamental grass, however, it is in the Iris family. Usually this six petaled flower will begin to flower in April and doesn't stop blooming until the end of July or August. Sow Sisyrinchium bellum seeds if you are looking for a star performer! It works well in rock gardens, cottage gardens, at the front of borders and along pathways or anywhere water conservation is desire for xeriscape landscaping. Use it in woodland areas and allow it to naturalize in informal settings, or for a more traditional setting, combine it with other low-growing ground covers like creeping thyme or a sedum.

How To Grow Blue-eyed Grass From Seed: Sow Sisyrinchium bellum seeds in a sunny area. It likes moist but well-drained soil and a light application of low nitrogen fertilizer in early spring. Divide the Blue-eyed Grass plants every 2 - 3 years in the early spring.

Lovely Perennial

Blue-eyed grass is a short perennial that has the appearance of grass, but puts forth tiny beautiful blooms!

Lovely Perennial

Flowering Foliage Plant

How to Grow

Blue-eyed grass seeds need to go through a stratification process before planting. This can be done naturally by sowing the seeds outdoors in the fall, allowing the cold season to prepare the seeds for spring. You can also stratify the seeds in a refrigerator for 6 weeks to prepare the seeds for direct sowing in the spring. Under proper conditions, the seeds will then germinate in 1-2 weeks. These seeds should be sown in an area of full sun. Employ a light application of low-nitrogen fertilizer in the early spring. Divide plants every 2-3 years.

  • Environment: full sun
  • Soil: well-drained w' pH 6.1-7.5
  • Sowing rate: 3-4 seeds per plant
Flowering Foliage Plant

Plant Specifications

Blue-eyed grass is a perennial flowering herb that grows in USDA zones 5 through 9. Although it is considered an ornamental grass, it actually belongs to the iris family. It is commonly used in woodland areas for a naturalized appearance.

  • Bloom color: purple
  • Bloom season: spring
  • Plant height: 6-12 inches