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Sisyrinchium montanum Greene
Strict blue-eyed grass, Mountain blue-eyed grass, Common blue-eyed grass
USDA Symbol: SIMO2
A grass-like plant, forming small clumps. Leaves are mostly basal, linear and bright green. Six-petaled, violet-blue, starlike flowers are solitary or in small clusters at the tip of long flowering stalks. Plants grow 6-15 in. tall.
A member of the iris family (family Iridaceae) which consists of herbs growing from rhizomes, bulbs, or corms, with narrow basal leaves and showy clusters at the tips of long stalks. There are about 60 genera and 1,500 species, distributed in temperate and tropical regions. Among them, Iris, Freesia, Gladiolus, Bugle Lily, and Montbretia are popular ornamentals. Saffron dye is obtained from Crocus, and essence of violets, used in perfumes, is extracted from the rhizomes of Iris.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
, WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
Que. to B.C., s. to NJ,
n. IN, IA, KS
& CO Native Habitat:
Moist, sandy meadows & open woods
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Sun , Part Shade , Shade Soil Moisture:
Dry , Moist Soil Description:
Sandy soils. Conditions Comments:
Grows readily from seed. Blue-eyed grass is not really a grass. It is an unusual member of the iris family because it is native
to prairie grasslands, whereas most iris prefer wet lands.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Mr. Smarty Plants says
Small perennials & grasses for a naturalized lawn
October 26, 2009
I am looking for native perennials and grasses that will grow no more than 8 inches tall that can be used in a naturalized lawn in Michigan. What 5 plants would be your first choice?
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National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2012-07-03
Research By: TWC Staff