Blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium montanum)
This miniature member of the iris family is a joy to see in spring-blooming prairies, especially when found alongside yellow stargrass. Royal blue star-like flowers with yellow centres appear at the tips of flattened flower stalks. Narrow, grass-like leaves are flattened at the base, just like irises. Seeds develop in intriguing round capsules that split along three seams to release small dark seeds.
Grows with yellow stargrass, wild strawberry, self-heal, Canadian lousewort, Canada hawkweed, big bluestem, Sorghastrum, and June grass.
Flower Colour: blue
Life Cycle: perennial
Sun Exposure: full sun
Bloom Period: May – June
Height: 5” – 20”
Soil: dry – medium