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Orthrosanthus multiflorus, photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals & Perennials
Orthrosanthus multiflorus, photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals & Perennials

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Orthrosanthus multiflorus

Morning Flag, Morning Iris
Evergreen, Perennials, Flowers


These Sisyrinchium relatives have dark green, grasslike leaves arising from short, woody rhizomes. Showy blooms of blue, lavender, or white open in succession on slim, erect stems in summer. Individual flowers look their best in the morning, then fade as the day progresses. Wonderful plants for sunny slopes, rock gardens, and containers. Tolerate poor,sandy soils but bloom better infertile, well-drained soil.

Orthrosanthus multiflorus

Clumps reach 1–2 ft. high, 1 ft. wide. Smooth-edged leaves. Pale to bright blue flowers are about 1 1/2 in. across. Grassier appearancethan O. chimboracensis; also tolerates more drought. Effective foliage plant for commercial plantings or home gardens; pretty flowers are abonus.

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