Sisyrinchium striatum ‘Variegatum’

‘Aunt May’



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Sisyrinchium striatum ‘Variegatum’

‘Aunt May’


Elegant foliage fans for striking design all year

Tight fans of narrow Iris like leaves, with silver-green centres and cream-white edges, make an elegant feature for twelve months of the year.
This wonderfully architectural, and formal  plant is worth a place in any garden design. 
However Sisyrinchium striatum ‘Variegatum’ ‘Aunt May’ is not just a pretty face.  

Spires of creamy-lemon stars of satin 

With vertical spires of creamy-lemon stars as a bonus over summer, Sisyrinchium ‘Aunt May’ adds formal elegance all year round.
The lovely satin texture of both flowers and foliage inspires the common name of “Satin Flower”.

Cant be beaten for toughness

‘Aunt May’ is without doubt a very elegant designer plant. But equally, she can’t be beaten for toughness.
Because she succeeds in either Sun or 1/2 Shade; copes well with dry spells; and is very frost and heat hardy.
Pests and diseases don’t bother her either.. 
Certainly ‘Aunt May’ qualifies as an easy care, low maintenance, and downright tough plant.
(Please see “Growing” section below for full details).

Growing: Sisyrinchium striatum ‘Variegatum’ ‘Aunt May’

Height with flowers: Upright spires of creamy-lemon stars to 45cm. 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 1/2 Shade. ‘Aunt May will tolerate dry spells well, once established.
Soil: ‘Aunt May’ is such an easy going plant that 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 she copes well with sandy and seaside locations.
Frost: Reliably frost hardy to -10C and probably below.. 
Growth: Evergreen perennial.

Other benefits

Beneficial for wildlife: Bees find ‘Aunt May’ 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 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..
Fragrance: None I am afraid.

Origin: Native to Argentina and Chile where it grows in grasslands and open woods.

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