Prairie Blue-eyed-grass

Prairie Blue-eyed-grass
Prairie Blue-eyed-grass
 Jeff Hansen

Prairie Blue-eyed-grass
Sisyrinchium campestre


Family Iris
Longevity Perennial
Height 1 - 2 feet

Bloom Period

March April May June July August September October
  • Description: Plants have a grass-like appearance. Leaves are flat and originate from short fibrous roots. Flower stalks arise from the ground. Flowers have six, pointed, white or pale blue tepals and are yellow at the center.
  • Comments: Although many members of this genus have deep blue flowers, in this species the flowers are pale blue or white. This plant has the appearance of a grass but is not a true grass. It is actually a member of the Iris Family. Examine the base of the plant to find the flat, spreading, fan-like arrangement of the leaves similar to the garden iris. Cattle avoid this species. Prairie Blue-eyed-grass grows on open prairies in the eastern half of the state.

Prairie Blue-eyed-grass
 Bob Gress

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