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Devon Skies Blue-Eyed Grass

Sisyrinchium 'Devon Skies'

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Devon Skies Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium 'Devon Skies') at Vandermeer Nursery

Devon Skies Blue-Eyed Grass flowers

Devon Skies Blue-Eyed Grass flowers

(Photo courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries)

Plant Height:  6 inches

Flower Height:  8 inches

Spread:  8 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Description:

A lovely little British selection of blue-eyed grass, valuable in the rock garden as well as edging in the border; not really a grass, these are close cousins to the more familiar garden iris; may be divided every 3-4 years in early spring

Ornamental Features

Devon Skies Blue-Eyed Grass has masses of beautiful lavender star-shaped flowers with blue overtones, lemon yellow eyes and violet veins at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its glossy narrow leaves remain dark green in colour throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Devon Skies Blue-Eyed Grass is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Self-Seeding

Devon Skies Blue-Eyed Grass is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Devon Skies Blue-Eyed Grass will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 8 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 8 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Devon Skies Blue-Eyed Grass is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Garden  Naturalizing  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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