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Sisyrinchium rosulatum

Sisyrinchium rosulatum
annual blue-eyed grass
Sisyrinchium rosulatum
Since finding the first one, I noticed several others scattered around, including differently colored forms like this one

Common name annual blue-eyed grass
Family iridaceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers white/violet
Size 8"
Light sun-part shade

Wildflower native to South America, apparently naturalized around the U.S. Gulf Coast. When I noticed a small iris-like plant in our back fence border in early March, I racked my brain trying to remember what I might have planted there last year – but nothing came to mind, and my gardening records didn't provide any memory boost either. A few weeks later, it was in bloom, with a single delicate flower. Sure looked like a sisyrinchium, but I knew I hadn't planted any of those. With the help of an online plant-ID extraordinaire, I figured out it was indeed a blue-eyed grass, but an annual version of the perennials I'd grown in Pennsylvania. Is it a weed? My current one is too cute to characterize as such, but I've thought that about nuisance plants before. For now, though, I'll consider it a garden plant to welcome in early spring.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: back fence border

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