Sisyrinchium idahoense E.P. Bicknell
Idaho blue-eyed grass
Iridaceae (Iris Family)
USDA Symbol: SIID
Several delicate, blue or deep blue-violet flowers in 2 broad bracts top a flat stem, generally only 1 flower at a time in bloom; stems taller than the clusters of narrow, sword-shaped leaves near base.
One of the most perplexing groups of plants, with many, often intergrading, variants named as species.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Native Distribution: Throughout.
Native Habitat: Moist places (at least early in the season), generally in the open, from lowlands well into the mountains.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Sisyrinchium idahoense in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sisyrinchium idahoense in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Sisyrinchium idahoense
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff