Plant ID forum: Sisyrinchium; pink flowering grass

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Name: Melanie Long
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Horntoad
Mar 8, 2015 3:30 PM CST
Yes it's native. All Sisyrinchium found in the US are native.
It's probably either Sisyrinchium rosulatum or Sisyrinchium atlanticum.
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mellielong
Mar 8, 2015 7:54 PM CST
Hmm...there seems to be a lot of confusion about this genus. The Florida Atlas of Vascular Plants says that Sisyrinchium rosulatum is non-native. http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=1175 Other sites say it's native, some say it was introduced from South America. The Plant Atlas also considers Sisyrinchium atlanticum a synonym for Sisyrinchium angustifolium. I have that species in my front yard but wondered why the ones in the back had pink flowers which I had never seen before. Thanks for your help!
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Mar 8, 2015 8:28 PM CST
ITIS shows Sisyrinchium atlanticum as an accepted name. For nativity and distribution info, I usually use BONAP. Here is the maps for Sisyrinchium.
http://bonap.net/NAPA/TaxonMaps/Genus/County/Sisyrinchium They also show S. atlanticum and S. angustifolium as two separate species.
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Mar 9, 2015 9:33 PM CST

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Flower color tends to vary a lot among individual Sisyrinchium plants, even within a single species. I've seen pastures covered with Sisyrinchium campestre plants blooming in an amazing array of colors including white, light blue, dark blue, violet, and pink.

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