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Blue-eyed Grass

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 1999

California Blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium bellum), a very common wildflower found in the Pacific States. A member of the Iris family, the buds of blooming Blue-Eyed Grass look like thin strands of grass with blue-tipped ends. What appears to be six petals is actually three petals and three sepals joined at the base, forming a tube with a yellow center. One way to know it is blue-eyed grass is the pointed (some call it "thorn-like") tip or point on each of the 6 "petals". It blooms in moist, open, grassy places from March to May.


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