The Plant store is now closed for orders.

  • I'm planning on one last round of sales toward the end of September of plants that I'll be potting up from a nursery bed I planted in the fall of 2022. I'll post the details and the time once I have the plants ready to go
  • Please see the Using the Plant Library  page  for some tips on how to make the most of the information here to select species for creating a healthy native plant community suited to the conditions of your site.
  • Please see the Plant Nursery for a photo of the different sizes/prices on offer and for information on the sizing of these seedlings and the details of the sale
  • Species that were not seeded, didn’t germinate or that are sold out are marked with an asterisk *

* Sisyrinchium montanum, Blue-eyed Grass

~These are divisions from a small clump in my garden~

Sisyrinchium montanum

Common Blue-eyed Grass

  • Full sun
  • Average to well drained soils
  • 6" to 10” tall, 2” to 8” wide
  • Early Summer Blooming
  • Ontario Native, Dry meadow or other areas with limited competition 

These tiny plants, with their flat, grassy foliage are easy to miss when they aren’t in bloom and quite easy to spot, despite their small size, when in flower. Tiny, delicate appearing stars of purple-blue facing upward and stand out surprisingly well in dry meadows, along roadsides and in areas that are rebounding after disturbance. They thrive in sandy or gravely, well drained soils. So well that I’ve seen them growing in sufficient quantities along the gravely shoulders of Highway #7 a bit west of Perth that they can be spotted while driving by at 80+Kmhs.

Growing to only 6” to 8” in height and in clumps that are only a few inches wide, they have very little capacity to compete with the types of plants that thrive in rich soils and higher moisture settings. The evolutionary niche that these are adapted to is one where lack of soil fertility and/or available moisture, or occasional disturbance, keep competition to a minimum.

Sometimes short lived, they seed freely if allowed and will pop up in any gaps that open up in a hot, dry landscape.

Spotted Horsemint, Pearly Everlasting, Heath Aster and Prairie Smoke are a few other species that would tend to thrive alongside these little, jewel-toned gems.

Species that were not sown / aren't being sown for 2023 are marked with an * 
Species that are native to this continent, but not historically native to Ontario are marked with a ~ 
While it rarely comes up, I do reserve the right to limit plant quantities, mostly to help ensure that as many native plant gardens as possible become a reality