Sisyrinchium striatum

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Sisyrinchium striatum Sm.

Iridaceae

Life form: perennial
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun   8

Moisture: dry bis Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sandy loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: linear

Division: simple

Shape: six-stellate
Fruit: loculicidal capsule

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Inflorescence: umbel

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: stemless

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Liliopsida
Subclassis:
Liliidae
Superordo:
Lilianae
Ordo:
Iridales

Sisyrinchium striatum is a perennial.

Naming

Sisyrinchium striatum was described by James Edward Smith. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Sisyrinchium striatum is a species in the genus Sisyrinchium which contains approximately 202 to 221 species and belongs to the family of the Iridaceae (Iris Family). The type species of the genus is Sisyrinchium bermudiana.

Characteristics

Sisyrinchium striatum - flowers

Growth

The perennials have a stemless growth and reach heights of 70 to 90 centimetres.

Leaves

Sisyrinchium striatum is deciduous. The glaucous, simple leaves are alternate. They are linear with entire margins. The leaves are around 40 to 50 centimetres large.

Flowers and Fruits

Sisyrinchium striatum produces umbels of ligth-yellow six-stellate flowers from June to July.

The perennials produce loculicidal capsules.

Root System

Distribution

Sisyrinchium striatum is native to Argentina and Chile.

Cultivation

The perennials prefer a sunny situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy loam with a pH between 8 and 10. They tolerate temperatures down to -12°C (USDA zone 8).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

  • open areas
  • rockeries
  • woodland borders (soil usually rich in humus)

Tolerance of special soil conditions

  • none: drought

Uses

The recommended planting distance is 25 centimetres, the perennials are best planted in groups of 3 to 10. Suited for rockeries.

Maintenance and Propagation

  • Winter protection is advisable.

Propagate by sowing or by division.

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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