Perennials Below 1'H
Find perennials that remain below 1 foot high under most conditions. These plants are perfectly suited for the front of the perennial border, garden, and landscape and many are suitable for groundcovers beneath larger plants and as spillers for containers and over walls. Some of the lower growing perennials in this group, like Frogfruit, may also be suitable for popping in between pavers and as an excellent lawn replacement. Growing conditions and how well a plant is established may affect it's ultimate size.
The dainty 3/4" wide, iris-like flowers open a deep purple, lighten through mauve, and into light lavender shades and are produced for weeks in spring. Purple-Eyed Grass is a selection of one of our native Blue-Eyed Grasses, the Sisyrinchiums, that was originally shared with us by Dawn Stover, then of SFA Gardens and now with SFA's Pineywoods Native Plant Center. It has narrow strap-like upright to arching, deep green foliage in typical flat, iris-like fans on an evergreen, clump-forming perennial that readily multiplies into 6-10"H x 8-12"W plants. Use the Blue-Eyed Grasses, or Purple-Eyed in this case, near the front of the perennial border, tuck them among the rock garden as an accent, as an informal border along paths, as well as part of naturalistic settings with other plants of similar size. The flowers are likely mainly bee pollinated and the plants can reseed though it never seems do so aggressively and unwanted seedlings are easily removed. Provide a full sun to partly shaded site in average to well-drained soils. Easy and sweet. Item# 12907
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