Sisyrinchium angustifolium ‘Devon Skies’
Stars of lovely, rich sky blue, shine continuously through summer. Stars sit thickly above compact little tufts of Iris like foliage. Sisyrinchium angustifolium ‘Devon Skies’ makes a perfect edging for a sunny garden bed. Or additionally to fill a decorative pot with attractive evergreen foliage and blue summer flowers.
Growing: Sisyrinchium angustifolium ‘Devon Skies’
– Height with flowers: Upright spires to 25cm. approx. over summer and autumn.
– Width: Neat, formal foliage clump with diameter of approx. 25cm.
– Position: Planted in Sun to Shade will tolerate heat and dry spells well, once established. However please note flower stars need light to open (they close at night).
– Soil: Will tolerate a wide variety of soils, from sandy to clay, gravel to heavy, acid pH to alkaline lime. Permanently waterlogged soils are not suitable, but it copes well with sandy and also seaside locations. It is a very water-wise plant, and actually enjoys to dry out between waterings.
– Frost: Reliably frost hardy to -10C and probably below..
– Fragrance: None.
– Growth: Evergreen perennial.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees find ‘Devon Skies’ flowers very useful, as they are rich in both pollen and nectar.
– Care: Extremely easy growing and low maintenance plant, because the only work required is a an annual trim of the spent flower spires after summer-autumn blooming. You can tidy foliage at the same time if necessary.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Sisyrinchium foliage is not favourite food for rabbits and deer, because the sword shaped leaves are quite tough and fibrous. However ‘if the munching pests are very hungry, it may not be completely immune.