Pale Yellow-eyed Grass Sisyrinchium striatum

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
pale yellow-eyed grass


The plant known commonly as Satin Flower presents an elegant appearance, characterized by its sword-like leaves that form dense, evergreen clumps, adding structure to garden displays. These leaves are a striking grey-green color that offers a unique texture to its surroundings. During its blooming period, typically occurring in late spring to early summer, the Satin Flower produces tall flowering stalks adorned with dainty, yellow-eyed flowers. The blooms themselves are a creamy pale yellow hue, arranged in orderly rows along the stalks, providing a soft contrast against the foliage. The overall impression of the Satin Flower is one of refined beauty, with its distinct foliage and charming flowers contributing to a serene and sophisticated landscape presence.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Satin Flower, Pale Yellow-Eyed Grass, Stripe-Flowered Satin Flower

    • Common names

      Sisyrinchium striatum, Berteroa striata, Bermudiana striata

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Sisyrinchium striatum, commonly known as Pale Yellow-eyed Grass, does not have a well-documented profile for toxicity to humans. There is limited information available about its poisonous properties; however, as with any plant, it is advisable to use caution and avoid ingestion unless it is known to be safe. If someone does ingest Sisyrinchium striatum and experiences any adverse reactions, such as gastrointestinal discomfort or allergic reactions, they should seek medical attention.

    • To pets

      Sisyrinchium striatum, or Pale Yellow-eyed Grass, is not widely known to be toxic to pets. However, the absence of information about toxicity does not guarantee safety, and it is generally recommended to prevent pets from ingesting plants that are not known to be non-toxic. If a pet ingests this plant and shows signs of illness, such as vomiting, diarrhea, or unusual behavior, it is important to consult a veterinarian.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      0.5-1 feet (15-30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      South America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Sisyrinchium striatum, known as Pale Yellow-eyed Grass, is appreciated for its aesthetic appeal, featuring attractive, grass-like foliage and pale yellow flowers.
    • Low Maintenance: It is recognized for being easy to care for, requiring minimal attention once established in the garden.
    • Drought Tolerance: This plant is relatively drought-tolerant, making it suitable for gardens in arid climates or for gardeners seeking water-wise plants.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The flowers of Pale Yellow-eyed Grass can attract bees and other pollinators, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Border Planting: Its neat clumps and vertical flowering spikes make it an excellent choice for borders and edging in garden designs.
    • Ground Cover: Sisyrinchium striatum can be used to provide ground cover in garden beds, suppressing weeds and reducing soil erosion.
    • Container Gardening: This plant is suitable for container gardening, allowing those with limited space to enjoy its ornamental qualities.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Sisyrinchium striatum, also known as Pale Yellow-eyed Grass, can be used as a dye plant, where the leaves and flowers offer subtle coloring for textiles.
    • The rigid, sword-shaped leaves can be incorporated into floral arrangements for a touch of architectural interest.
    • In craft projects, the dried seed pods of the Pale Yellow-eyed Grass can be used for creating natural decorations.
    • The plant can serve as a groundcover in low-traffic areas of the garden, forming dense clumps that suppress weeds.
    • Its sturdy leaves can be used as a natural material for weaving small baskets or mats.
    • The flowers of Pale Yellow-eyed Grass can be pressed and included in botanical paper making for decorative purposes.
    • Gardeners might use the plant's linear foliage as a background to create contrasts with rounded or softer plants in garden design.
    • Pale Yellow-eyed Grass provides a habitat for beneficial insects and can be planted to attract them for natural pest control.
    • When planted along walkways, the plants can function as a soft edge, guiding foot traffic through garden spaces.
    • In photography, the attractive flowers and striking foliage of the Pale Yellow-eyed Grass can be used as subjects to practice macro photography techniques.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Sisyrinchium striatum, commonly known as Satin Flower, is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Satin Flower is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Adaptability: Sisyrinchium striatum, commonly known as Satin Flower or Pale Yellow-Eyed Grass, often symbolizes the ability to adapt to various conditions due to its resilience and capacity to grow in diverse environments.
    • Charm: With its delicate, attractive blooms, the Satin Flower is often associated with charm and beauty, representing the allure of modesty and understated grace.
    • Simplicity: The simple, yet elegant appearance of the Satin Flower can be symbolic of an appreciation for simplicity and an unassuming nature.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Sisyrinchium striatum, commonly known as Pale Yellow-eyed Grass, should be watered regularly but sparingly. This plant prefers to dry out slightly between waterings. During the growing season, water approximately once a week with about a quarter of a gallon per plant, depending on the size and the environmental conditions. In winter, reduce watering to every other week or less, as the plant requires less moisture during dormancy. It's crucial not to overwater to prevent root rot, ensuring that the soil drains well after each watering session.

  • sunLight

    Pale Yellow-eyed Grass thrives in full sun to partial shade. The best spot for this plant would be in a location where it can receive at least six hours of sunlight daily. While it can tolerate some shade, too much can lead to sparse foliage and fewer blooms. Placing it in a bright spot without direct afternoon sun can help protect the leaves from scorching while enjoying ample light.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Pale Yellow-eyed Grass does well in a wide range of temperatures but prefers conditions between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal growth. It can tolerate temperatures down to about 25 degrees Fahrenheit but should be protected from severe frosts. In hot climates, providing afternoon shade can help keep the plant from overheating.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Pale Yellow-eyed Grass is mainly done to remove spent flower stalks and to tidy up the foliage. It's recommended to prune in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Pruning once a year encourages healthier growth and more abundant blooms. Remove any dead or damaged leaves to maintain the plant's appearance and health.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Satin Flower prefers well-draining soil with a neutral to slightly acidic pH. The best soil mix can be made by combining garden soil, compost, and perlite or sand in equal parts to ensure proper drainage and fertility. The ideal soil pH should be around 6.0 to 7.0 for optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Satin Flower should be repotted every 2 to 3 years to replenish the soil and to accommodate the growth of the plant. It is best done in spring or early summer before the onset of the new growth cycle.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Satin Flower thrives in moderate humidity conditions. Average room humidity is typically suitable, but ensuring good air circulation is also important to prevent any moisture-related issues.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright indirect light and well-draining soil for Satin Flower inside.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Satin Flower in partial shade and well-drained soil outside.

    • Hardiness zone

      Satin Flower is suitable for 7-10 USDA.

  • circleLife cycle

    Sisyrinchium striatum, commonly known as Satin Flower or Pale Yellow-eyed Grass, begins its life cycle as a seed, which germinates in favorable conditions of moisture and temperature. After germination, it develops a rosette of narrow, lance-shaped leaves, followed by a period of vegetative growth where it establishes its root system and foliage. As it matures, the plant sends up tall, erect flowering stems in late spring to early summer, bearing small, pale yellow star-shaped flowers with striped detailing on the petals. Once pollinated, these flowers produce capsules containing numerous tiny seeds. The plant may die back in winter, especially in colder climates, but it is perennial and will regrow from its rootstock when conditions improve in spring. Over time, Sisyrinchium striatum may spread through self-seeding or can be propagated by division of the rhizomes to produce new plants.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Propogation: The most popular method of propagating Sisyrinchium striatum, commonly known as Pale Yellow-Eyed Grass or Satin Flower, is by division. This is ideally done in spring as the plant enters a phase of active growth. To propagate by division, carefully lift the clump from the soil and gently tease apart individual rhizomes, ensuring that each has a portion of the root system attached. Replant these divisions at the same soil depth from which they were taken, spacing them about 12 inches (approximately 30 centimeters) apart to allow ample room for growth. Water the new divisions well to help establish them in their new locations. Division is a simple and effective way to increase the number of plants and is often used to maintain the health and vigor of clumps that have become overcrowded.