Xyris operculata

Tall Yellow-eye

Large erect tufted perennial herb.

Additional information

  • FamilyXyridaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size30-60 cm x 30 cm
  • Plant groupingGrasses, Rushes & Sedges
  • LeavesFine grass-like leaves 25-60 cm long, sheaths glossy mid to dark brown.
  • Flower colourYellow
  • Flowering timeNovember to January
  • Flowers5-10 flowering stems 30-60 cm high. Terminal spike of 3-petalled bright yellow flowers, each surrounded by rings of conspicuous, often fringed, dark brown bracts, lower bracts flowerless. One flower opens at a time.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsWet peaty soils in swamps and heathlands. Full sun, semi shade. Both species often occur together. Rare within the Shire.
  • Garden useInconspicuous plant which is attractive in flower. Grow in moist sites beside water areas and in bog gardens. Does not like to dry out.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusRestricted distribution within the Shire with plants scattered within the area.
Photographer/s: 1, 3, 4 Marilyn Bull ©; 2 Murray Fagg ©

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