'Quaint and Queer '
Sisyrinchiums are about as adorable (and useful!) as can be, but THIS unusual beauty boasts an striking combination of vintage colors - from mauve and maroon to chocolate and apricot with pretty yellow eyes that set it apart from its blue-eyed cousins. The sweet 1” blooms appear atop stiff 10” stems arrayed above 6” grass-like foliage from late Spring thru mid-Summer, or even later in mild Summer climates. Forming clumps that spread to a foot or more over time, Sisyrinchiums can be divided every 2-3 years to keep them healthy and to share.Easy to grow and deer and rabbit resistant,these Iris relatives attract butterflies and beneficial insects wherever they are grown – whether it’s a sunny border, in containers, a low-water rock garden, around stone pathways or even tucked into crevices in a retaining wall. Drought resistant, we find they do best with consistent water in well-draining soil. Give them full sun to part shade and you will have a permanent accent with texture, form and delightfully unique color!
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