Today’s featured plant is Blue-Eyed Grass, Sisyrinchium montanum.
There are many varieties of blue-eyed grass, that look somewhat similar to each other, but the one I’m discussing in this post is also known as Strict Blue-Eyed Grass, Mountain Blue-Eyed Grass, Common Blue-eyed grass, little blue-eyed grass, little common blue-eyed grass, alpine blue-eyed grass, northern blue-eyed grass and Star Grass. (source, source, source). This “grass” is not really a grass at all, but a type of beautiful, delicate iris.
Narrowleaf or stout blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium) is another variant. Wikipedia notes that this genus includes 70-200 species of plants in the Iris family native to the Americas, some of which are endangered.