Sisyrinchium striatum SATIN FLOWER –
Tight fans of narrow Iris like leaves give a formal elegance all year round to Sisyrinchium striatum SATIN FLOWER and its vertical spires of creamy-lemon stars are a delightful summer bonus. This wonderfully architectural, and super hardy plant, is worth a place in any garden design.
Spires of creamy-lemon stars of satin
The common name of “Satin Flower”.is inspired by the lovely satin texture of both flowers and foliage.
Cant be beaten for toughness – Sisyrinchium striatum Satin Flower
Satin Flower is without doubt a very elegant designer plant. But equally, it can’t be beaten for toughness.
So it succeeds in either Sun or Shade; copes well with dry spells; and is very frost and heat hardy.
As well, pests and diseases don’t bother Satin Flower.
It certainly qualifies as an easy care, low maintenance, and downright tough plant.
(Please see “Growing” section below for full details).
– Height with flowers: Upright spires of creamy-lemon stars to 75cm. approx. in Summer. Plus evergreen foliage clump all year round to approx. 30cm.
– Width: Neat, formal foliage clump with diameter of approx. 45cm.
– Position: Planted in Sun to Shade, Satin Flower will tolerate dry spells well, once established.
– Soil: Because Satin Flower is such an easy going plant, it 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 seaside locations.
– Frost: Reliably frost hardy to -10C and probably below..
– Growth: Evergreen perennial.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees and other pollinators find Satin Flowers flowers very useful. As they are rich in both pollen and nectar.
– Care: An easy growing and low maintenance plant. The only work required is an annual trim of the spent flower spires after summer blooming. You can tidy foliage at the same time if necessary.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Sisyrinchium foliage is not their favourite food because the sword shaped leaves are quite tough and fibrous. However if the munching pests are very hungry, it may not be completely immune.
– Origin: Native to Argentina and Chile where it grows in grasslands and open woods.