Jun 05 2011

Now Blooming: Blue-eyed Grass

Published by at 6:30 am under Plants


This is not a peregrine.  ;)

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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