Jun 05 2011

Now Blooming: Blue-eyed Grass

Published by at 6:30 am under Plants


This is not a peregrine.¬† ūüėČ

Today I’m taking a break from peregrines to look at flowers and other birds.¬† I won’t be holding Fledge Watch at Pitt but John English and Sharon Leadbitter will be downtown at two sites watching the peregrines at Gulf.¬† Click on their names for time and location.

Here’s a flower¬†I found blooming at Moraine State Park last weekend.¬†

Blue-eyed Grass is in the Iris family, the Sisyrinchium genus.¬† There are at least five species — Stout, Eastern, White, Slender and Common Blue-eyed Grass —¬†but they are similar and I didn’t have a field guide with me so I don’t know which¬†one I saw.

I like the name though.¬† I take it apart to make sense of it.¬† The flower is “Blue,” it has a yellow “eye,” and the leaves look like “grass.”

The flower is 0.5-0.75″ wide. The stem is 12-18″ tall.

You’ll find it blooming in May and June in moist meadows, marshes and at the edges of¬†woods.

(photo from Wikimedia Commons. Click on the photo to see the original)

4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Now Blooming: Blue-eyed Grass”

  1. Carol Smithon 05 Jun 2011 at 9:11 am

    I thought blue-eyed grass was in the iris family. Has there been a change?

  2. John Englishon 05 Jun 2011 at 10:19 am

    Enjoy the flowers. Looking down for a change, eh? :-)
    And thanks for the GT plug! Bought a beter tripod this a.m. so it’s easier for other folks to view.

    John

  3. Kathy Mon 05 Jun 2011 at 10:30 am

    I love this flower. I have seen it blooming in a meadow at North Park, at Hemlocks II.

  4. Kate St. Johnon 05 Jun 2011 at 11:17 am

    Carol, THANK YOU for pointing out my typo! I have fixed it. Yes, this plant is in the Iris family. I was thinking of one 4-letter flower and typed another. Yoy!

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