Botanical Name: Sissyrinchium striatum Aunt May
Common Name: Satin Flower Aunt May
Category: Hardy Perennial
Seed Count: 10
Sissyrinchium striatum Aunt May, Satin Flower Aunt May: This hardy member of the Iris family has fabulous variegated foliage, cream and soft green sword like fans form a neat clump. Terrific accent plant to cheer up the under plantings. Tall spires of delicious creamy yellow flowers each 2.5cm across stand above the foliage in late spring/summer. Good Cutting both foliage and flower. Very easily grown. 60cm H x 30cm W.
Sissyrinchium striatum seed can be sown at any time. Sow seed into good quality compost or seed raising mix. Cover with river sand or compost to seeds own depth. If sown in seed trays outdoors germination may not occur until dormancy is broken by a period of chilling. (Winter) To hasten process place seed in a moist seed tray and in a polythene bag and placed in fridge at 4 degrees C for 4 weeks. Then remove from fridge and polythene bag and place outside in an unheated poly house or plunge them to the rims in a shady part of the garden and cover with glass or clear plastic. Seed should germinate over the spring/ summer, transplant each one when large enough to handle in their own pot and grow on before planting out. Some seed may lay dormant and not germinate until the following spring.