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Blue-Eyed Grass

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Blue-eyed Grass is technically a native flower, although it looks very grass-like. Tiny blue-purple flowers balance at the very end of thin grass blades in the summer. These plants are short—no more than 12 inches high—making it look like the lawn is blooming. Blue-eyed Grass likes sun to part sun and since it is a perennial, will come back year-after-year. They are perfect for borders, edges, and planters. Find tips and inspiration below.

Sun – Part Sun
6-12″ tall
Blooms in spring
Sisyrinchium angustifolium
Tiny, joyful, and extremely easy to grow

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Explore the history, types, and where to plant Blue-Eyed Grass

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Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium) is a tiny and mighty native flower that blooms in the late spring and early summer. It likes a range of sun, from full sun to partial sun.

Where to plant Blue-Eyed Grass

Blue-eyed Grass is perfect for borders—the more you plant, the better it looks!—since it’s so short (4-12 inches tall.)

Blue-Eyed Grass's native range is huge! Map from the USDA

Where is Blue-Eyed Grass native?

Blue-eyed Grass is native to 60% of the United States and the eastern half of Canada. It’s amazing that the same plant can thrive from Maine to Texas.

Challenges when planting Blue-Eyed Grass

While Blue-Eyed Grass offers numerous advantages, there are a few challenges caring for this perennial. One common challenge is its preference for well-drained soil. Blue-Eyed Grass can struggle in heavy clay soils. To ensure success, add some compost when you plant and ensure it’s not planted in a wet area.

The good news about this well-drained need is that Blue-Eyed Grass works great in planters or raised beds. You can see below how the landscaping crew at the Audubon Aquarium in New Orleans is using this native grass in their outdoor raised beds. This area takes blasting full sun and Blue-Eyed Grass is perfect for the space.

Blue-Eyed Grass in the corner of a raised bed planter, outside the Audubon Aquarium in New Orleans

Looking to source some Blue-Eyed Grass for your yard? Here are four ideas on where to find some:

Blue-Eyed Grass

Where can I find seeds and plants?

Finding native plants can be challenging (we partly blame Marie Antoinette.) To make it easier, we’ve assembled four sourcing ideas.

Native Plant Nurseries

Our list of native nurseries makes finding one a breeze

Online Communities

Local Facebook groups are a great plant source

What to plant with Blue-Eyed Grass

Since this native plant is so short, put it in front of taller flowers that also like well-drained areas like Bee Balm, Coneflower, Milkweed, and Rattlesnake Master.

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Bee Balm

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Coneflower

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Milkweed

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Obedient Plant

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Rattlesnake Master

And that wraps up our love letter to Blue-Eyed Grass! With its enchanting flowers and low-maintenance nature, this native perennial is a fantastic choice. While it prefers well-drained soil, the rewards are well worth the minimal effort. Don’t hesitate to plant this joyful perennial and watch as your garden is filled with pollinators. Blue-Eyed Grass is a perfect native plant for edges and borders. Happy native planting!

Looking for some quick guides on what to plant with Blue-Eyed Grass? Find your region and get going:

UPDATED —
04/12/2024
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