Compact star-bursts of pretty, bright icing-pink flowers open from April to July on these lovely dwarf iris relatives that have thin, grass-like leaves and indeed were originally called "sisyrinchiums". We originally collected seed of this plant on our Expedition to Chile in 1994 where they grew on sunny, rocky slopes at altitudes that ranged from 1000 to 2600m above sea level. These pretty plants can bloom the first year grown from seeds, but will display their best from the second year on. They make superb rock garden plants, as well as being perfect for pots and containers, where they will be more reliably perennial, multiplying up yearly. Few viable seeds collected.
Sow seeds at any time covering them very thinly with compost or grit, and leaving some of the seed showing, as light can initiate germination, just as in the wild, and leave in a well-lit, warm spot. Sometimes, artificial heat may not be needed, and may prevent germination, as some species will only germinate in the spring after being chilled in the moist seed tray. Grow on in sharply draining compost in a pot, or the open ground.
Common name:Sisyrinchium junceum, Huilmo
Classification:Half hardy perennial, Hardy perennial
Packet Content:10 (Approx)