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Common Name: Bermuda Blue-Eyed Grass
Sisyrinchium angustifolium is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.40 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Western Ireland. South-eastern N. America. Naturalized in Britain.
Sandy woods in Texas[
]. Naturalised in Britain where it grows in marshy meadows and on lake shores[
Prefers a moist but well-drained humus-rich loamy soil and a position in full sun, though it will tolerate part-day shade[
] gives a hardiness rating of zone 3 to this plant (tolerating winter temperatures down to about -40°c) but then says that the plant will need the protection of a cold greenhouse in areas where the temperature falls much below freezing[
Plants will often self-sow when growing in a suitable position[
Leaves - cooked[
]. They are mixed with other greens[
The root is astringent[
]. An infusion is used to treat diarrhoea in adults and children[
The leaves are eaten as a cooked green to regulate the bowels[
An infusion of the plant has been used to treat stomach complaints and stomach worms[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse in the autumn, though it can also be sown in the spring. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant out in late spring, after the last expected frosts.
Division in early spring.