Common Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium albidum)

Common Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium albidum)

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Sisyrinchium albidum, 1/2-pint plug

Exposure: Sun-partial
Soil: Dry-medium
Height: 6 inches
Bloom: May-June
Description: This beautiful plant blooms a star-shaped flower that opens in the morning to reveal six blueish-purple petals and a yellow center, and then will close in the afternoon or evening. Despite their common name, the Blue-eyed Grasses are not grasses at all but rather members of the Iris family. A large patch of these little plants is truly a sight to behold, especially if you are a bee. Pollinators readily take to the flowers, which is nice considering that most Sisyrinchium species bloom and provide pollen and nectar to our winged friends before some of the larger summer flowers really get going. The petals even provide markings that are like runway signs for pollinators. Yellow is a favorite of bees and the yellow center of this flower is a perfect announcement of yummy treats within.