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Prairie Blue-eyed-grass

© Jeff Hansen


Common Name: Prairie Blue-eyed-grass

Scientific Name: Sisyrinchium campestre

Family: Iris

Longevity: Perennial

Height: 1 - 2 feet

Bloom Period:
April and May



© Bob Gress


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.