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Flaigg, Norman G.
Sisyrinchium campestre E.P. Bicknell
Prairie blue-eyed grass, Prairie blue-eyed-grass, White-eyed grass
Synonym(s): Sisyrinchium campestre var. kansanum, Sisyrinchium flaviflorum, Sisyrinchium kansanum
USDA Symbol: sica9
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
A small, dainty member of the Iris family, white-eyed grass has pale-green, grass-like leaves and blue to white, star-like flowers with yellow centers. The flowers, which occur on slender stems at the same height at the leaves, bloom only on sunny days. The clumped perennial is 8-15 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 Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: May , Jun
, WI Native Distribution: WI
to Man., s. to IL, LA
& TX Native Habitat:
Prairies; open woods
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
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: 2012-10-03
Research By: TWC Staff