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.