Blue-Eyed Grass

2020 March 8

On June 29, 2019, I happened to look at a patch of tall, unmowed grass at the edge of our yard and noticed that some of the “grass” had rather attractive blue flowers.


While the plants themselves looked pretty grasslike, the flowers are definitely not at all like the normal things you would see in a true grass:


(this next picture was unfortunately in shadow, but it does show the petal shape very well)


This is pretty obviously Blue-Eyed Grass, Sisyrinchium angustifolium. These are common wildflowers, and also popular cultivated flowers. In spite of appearances, they are not grasses, but are more closely related to Irises. They do grow along with grasses, though, and are commonly seen intermixed with the tall grass.

So, one more reason to let part of the yard grow up without being mowed!

One Response
  1. Carole permalink
    March 8, 2020

    They are blooming here in NW Florida now. Although they seem to do well in rain gardens I have them along a salty shoreline.

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